We noted in today’s one-liners that Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga says he stopped drinking. It’s also worth noting that when Maualuga orders a beverage now, he emulates teammate Chad Ochocinco.
“Nothing. No alcoholic beverages,” Maualuga told Bengals.com. “I go out. But not as much. Sometimes I go to dinner with my family or hang out with the guys. I’ve been in situations. I have cranberry and Red Bull. Ochocinco’s drink.”
Maualuga was arrested for DUI in January, and in February he pleaded guilty and entered an alcohol treatment facility.
Now he says he’s committed to working with young people, as he did this week at an NFL-sponsored event for at-risk children in Eureka, California.
“To be able to come back, to get my image back to what they thought of me being this not a superhero, but this guy everybody can watch,” Maualuga said. “I think when I got in trouble, it was like, ‘This kid thinks he had it made and now everything is going down the drain.’ When I took up this event, I said, ‘OK, this is my opportunity.’ “