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Rey Maualuga pleads guilty to DUI

Less than a week after being arrested on drunk-driving charges in Kentucky, Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga has put the incident in his rear-view mirror, no pun intended but what the hell we’ll take it.

Per WLWT-TV in Cincinnati, Maualuga entered the plea on Tuesday, four days after his arrest.  He reportedly had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.157 percent at the time.

Maualuga will be required to attend alcohol counseling, and he has lost his driving privileges for 90 days.  He also has been fined $350, and he must pay restitution to the owners of the two cars into which he crashed his vehicle.

Apparently, he won’t be charged with any crimes relating to the fact that a 17-year-old and 18-year-old girl were in the car with him at the time of the incident.

Maualuga now faces the scrutiny of the league office; under the substance-abuse policy, he likely will be suspended for one or more games in 2010.

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16 Responses to “Rey Maualuga pleads guilty to DUI”
  1. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Feb 2, 2010 12:32 PM

    I’m sure the dark damp basement of the AFC North will be enough punishment for this guy.

  2. JimmySmith says: Feb 2, 2010 12:36 PM

    Bengal, need we say more?

  3. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Feb 2, 2010 12:43 PM

    “An NFL spokesman said Friday that according to the league’s substance abuse program a first offense for an alcohol-related violation, absent aggravating circumstances, is generally a fine of two game checks up to a maximum of $50,000…
    …Under the NFL’s conduct policy, a first offense DOESN’T usually result in a suspension…”
    per bengals.com

  4. Howie Feltersnatch says: Feb 2, 2010 12:46 PM

    those girls were sisters…he offered to drive them home…the 18-year old said they lived next to the lot on the corner of Nissan and Toyota…Rey just got confused and plowed into the Chevrolet instead.

  5. Thomas Paquette says: Feb 2, 2010 12:59 PM

    and you forgot to mention that he has been sentenced to 7 days in prison, unless you have information saying the sentence was deferred.

  6. Biglardawg says: Feb 2, 2010 1:23 PM

    This guy received alcohol counceling in college, but he apparently doesn’t need it anymore.

  7. Allied Biscuit says: Feb 2, 2010 1:40 PM

    they no longer make you say the ABC’s for field sobriety. They make you spell Maualuga

  8. 2000TJ says: Feb 2, 2010 1:41 PM

    Douchebag. So many people die from drunk drivers. $350 fine are you f’ing serious??? Time to make an example and suspend him for a year and fine him $100,000. Plaxico carries a gun and gets 2 years, this douchebag is behind a 4,000 pound lethal weapon with two young girls and is so drunk he is running in to other cars and gets a $350 fine. Cool.

  9. Beer Cheese Soup says: Feb 2, 2010 1:52 PM

    “Maualuga will be required to attend alcohol counseling, and he has lost his driving privileges for 90 days. He also has been fined $350, and he must pay restitution to the owners of the two cars into which he crashed his vehicle.”
    That seems a little harsh to me. Come on, it was only his first offense, and he had to try to fit in with his teammates somehow.. Congratulations Rey. You’re a true Bengal now, whether you’ve actually made a difference the field yet
    or not..

  10. foxylettuce says: Feb 2, 2010 1:52 PM

    @ Thomas
    It was a 7 day suspended sentence.

  11. jamaltimore says: Feb 2, 2010 1:57 PM

    another one of those character guys from USC! Let’s hope pete carroll has the same success at Seattle that RROD is having at michigan! both recruited guys questionable guys and use them to get better jobs! I thought that gameplan only worked in college hoops for guys like calipari and pittino.

  12. Tim says: Feb 2, 2010 2:21 PM

    Dont know why but I watched about 15 minutes of the cruiser cam videos of the arrest. Dude was absolutly tanked! Officer asks him to count backward from 98 to 72 he starts by saying “98, 96, 95″ and then stops at number 79! Of course as a last ditch effort in video 3 he trys to tell the cops he plays for the Bengals…

  13. Tim says: Feb 2, 2010 2:21 PM

    Dont know why but I watched about 15 minutes of the cruiser cam videos of the arrest. Dude was absolutly tanked! Officer asks him to count backward from 98 to 72 he starts by saying “98, 96, 95″ and then stops at number 79! Of course as a last ditch effort in video 3 he trys to tell the cops he plays for the Bengals…

  14. Laxer37 says: Feb 2, 2010 2:28 PM

    hineswardcriesafterfumbling says:
    …Under the NFL’s conduct policy, a first offense DOESN’T usually result in a suspension…”
    per bengals.com
    ________________________________
    There’s a bengals.com? People go to it?
    PS – I am changing my username to keithriversgoestosleepaftergettinghitbyhinesward

  15. Mountaindont says: Feb 2, 2010 2:46 PM

    $350 fine from the Police but he will probably be fined much much more severely by the NFL. Just 1 game check could cost him $50,000 plus

  16. Route36West says: Feb 3, 2010 1:24 AM

    That is B.S.
    I live in New Jersey and I got pulled over 2 weeks after they changed the blood alcohol level allowance from .010 to .008 and was stopped for some traffic offense and the officer made me come to the station and do a Breathalyzer and I blew .oo9 which would have been fine 2 weeks before but b/c they changed the law I got a DUI.
    I lost my licenses for 7 months had to pay a 800 dollar fine a 3000 surcharge and do 12 hours of IDRC (drunk driving class).
    I think you said this is Maualuga’s second offense. I think its totally ridiculous that all he got was a 30o dollar fine 90 days loss of license and so classes.
    I know New Jersey is 1 of the strictest states in the country but for a 2nd offense for a guy who was double the legal limit to be that much less then a 1st is outrageous. Kentucky needs to either fix their punishments or stop giving special treatment to celebs.

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