The Cincinnati media is covering Rey Maualuga’s DUI like Lee Harvey Oswald just surfaced in the Ohio River. That’s unfortunate for the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker and his 18-year-old high school acquaintance Chelsea Fauver, who was identified by police as a passenger in the 2003 Pontiac Sunfire Maualuga was driving:
(Rey Maualuga and his 18-year-old acquaintance Chelsea Fauver)
Another girl, a minor, was also identified as an occupant.
I don’t think it’s unreasonable to surmise that Maualuga was driving a car owned by one of the two passengers, since neither was of drinking age.
Also unfortunate is that this wasn’t Maualuga’s first public altercation involving alcohol.
At USC in 2005, he was arrested for misdemeanor battery after an alcohol-fueled brawl. He plea bargained the charge down to counseling, community service and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
In 2006, Maualuga once again was cited for participation an altercation, this time at a fraternity party. He was not legally charged in the matter, which resulted in “internal” punishment from then-coach Pete Carroll.
During Maualuga’s appearance in front of a judge this morning, she said to him, “you look dazed.” That might explain why the police weren’t so keen to release him after his hearing with the judge.
Based on Maualuga’s car accident, his admitting at the scene to drinking a hefty amount of booze and his BAC being almost twice the legal limit, I think we can safely assume he’ll be serving the community of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for some time in the future.