Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga is currently facing misdemeanor assault charges after punching a bar manager in the face early Sunday morning.
“One of them said something at which point I repeated myself, that they had to leave, and then Rey Maualuga got up, took three or four steps and punched me in the face, more noticeably the eye, then my nose started to bleed,” said Sammy Laham. “Then security diffused the situation.”
According to Laham, it looked like nothing happened to provoke the incident.
“Our security went over to see what was going on, to break them up, and Sammy went over as well, and Rey was leaning up against the bar and he stepped forward and swung,” said Brittany Knight, who witnessed the accident. “At first I didn’t see who it was because I was standing a little further back until I saw my manager walk by and I saw his eye and it was bleeding and cut up. He said, ’I can’t believe I just got hit’ and I was shocked with my mouth to the ground.”
Maualuga and his agent refused to comment about the situation. He’s scheduled to appear in court on February 27.