Maualuga pleads not guilty to assault

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 17, 2012
Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge. The three-year veteran's attorney filed a written plea Friday in Hamilton County Municipal Court. An employee at a downtown Cincinnati bar told police that Maualuga punched him in the face on Feb. 5. Maualuga and the Bengals have not commented on the charge, which could bring a fine or suspension from the NFL. It's Maualuga's second court case in two years. He pleaded guilty to drunken driving after police in northern Kentucky said he hit a parking meter and two parked cars in January 2010. The league suspended him for two games for violating its conduct policy. As a repeat offender, he could be suspended by the NFL for part of next season.
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