Bengals LB Maualuga settles assault case

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 26, 2012

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 20: Linebacker Rey Maualuga #58 of the Cincinnati Bengals on the field against the San Diego Chargers on December 20, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 27-24. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
A judge has dismissed an assault charge against Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga (mow-uh-LOO'-guh) after learning the dispute was settled in mediation. Maualuga was charged with misdemeanor assault after an employee at a downtown bar told police that the middle linebacker punched him in the face on Feb. 5. The case was referred to mediation. Maualuga appeared briefly in Hamilton County Municipal Court on Thursday for an update. Judge Heather S. Russell dismissed the case after prosecutors said neither Maualuga nor the bar employee wanted to pursue the matter. The linebacker still faces possible punishment from the NFL. The league fined him two games checks and made him forfeit part of his signing bonus in 2010 after he pleaded guilty to drunken driving.
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