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Cincinnati bar manager says Bengals’ Rey Maualuga punched him


The manager of a downtown Cincinnati bar says Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga punched him after being told to leave early Sunday morning.

FOX 19 in Cincinnati reports that Sammy Laham, manager of the bar Luxe, says that Maualuga responded to being told it was time for his group to go by punching the messenger.

“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,” Laham said. “Then security diffused the situation.”

A witness to the incident, Brittany Knight, gave FOX 19 a similar account.

“Rey was leaning up against the bar and he stepped forward and swung,” she said.

Cincinnati Police are investigating. No charges have been filed. Maualuga’s agent, Gary Uberstine, told FOX 19 that he had spoken to Maualuga about the accusation but can’t comment.

Even without criminal charges, the mere fact that Maualuga was involved in some type of incident in a bar is troubling. On February 2, 2010, Maualuga was placed on two years’ probation for drunk driving, and days later he checked into the Betty Ford Center to get treatment for alcohol abuse. This incident apparently happened just three days after Maualuga’s probation ended.

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30 Responses to “Cincinnati bar manager says Bengals’ Rey Maualuga punched him”
  1. sudz28 says: Feb 10, 2012 8:16 AM

    Reset the Turd Watch in 3… 2…. 1….

  2. istuppingyourwhiteewe says: Feb 10, 2012 8:19 AM

    I love those classy Bengals!

  3. edmazeing1 says: Feb 10, 2012 8:26 AM

    Sure, his Bar must need some repairs done & he cant afford it, the witness was his daughter or friend!!!

  4. truthfactory says: Feb 10, 2012 8:27 AM

    I love how NFL players say things like “We’re professionals”… But most of the time they act like 12 year olds

  5. phlockar says: Feb 10, 2012 8:31 AM

    Still mad about being drafted behind Kushing and Matthews and he keeps giving out the proof of why he was. That and how he’s not as good as them.

  6. duanethomas says: Feb 10, 2012 8:37 AM

    Well at least he’s drinking with legal adults, that’s progress for him.

  7. joetoronto says: Feb 10, 2012 8:44 AM

    Another Bengal turd, surprise!

    The NFL needs to flush this team, the sooner the better.

  8. nepats12 says: Feb 10, 2012 8:51 AM

    If he gets suspended, it will be a game against the ravens – mark it down. Hey – anyone know what city the commish is from?

  9. seider199 says: Feb 10, 2012 8:56 AM

    who goes to Luxe?

  10. nickmiller63 says: Feb 10, 2012 9:01 AM

    Looks like the Bengals are the new Bengals!

  11. wakexxl says: Feb 10, 2012 9:03 AM

    Best hit he had in the last 8 months

  12. Stiller43 says: Feb 10, 2012 9:49 AM

    Didnt this guy say he was sober and all that was behind him? Looks like that went well.

  13. dmartin17 says: Feb 10, 2012 10:02 AM

    Cincinnati bar manager says “Cha-ching”

  14. 2ndaryinsanity says: Feb 10, 2012 10:08 AM

    Sounds like the idiot went out to a bar in celebration of his probation (from a DUI, no less!) ending. He obviously still doesn’t “get it.” Since they want to keep signing players who have drinking problems, I wonder if the Bengals have considered holding AA meetings at their facilities?

  15. tedmurph says: Feb 10, 2012 10:13 AM

    I’d go with the ‘roid-rage defense.

  16. emmac13 says: Feb 10, 2012 10:20 AM

    He and Braylon must hang together.

  17. frzerbowlsurvivor says: Feb 10, 2012 10:27 AM

    Hey #58– you really don’t need to fuel your doubters with this type of behavior. Your play this year, and the resulting lack of production, was enough to earn you the over-rated label. Though your talent is tempting, I would just prefer the team to move on….it will be interesting to see if it is truly a new day in Bengaland. BTW– there is a local kid who has just wrapped up three solid years at LB for Boston College…if he slips a bit in the draft, you may be slipping out the door.

  18. ltfreshmissiles says: Feb 10, 2012 10:43 AM

    its good to see hes aggressive somewhere at least


  19. fatfreddystubbs says: Feb 10, 2012 11:02 AM

    2ndaryinsanity says:
    Feb 10, 2012 10:08 AM
    Sounds like the idiot went out to a bar in celebration of his probation (from a DUI, no less!) ending.
    Haha, that was my reaction too. Hmmm, two years probation, starting on Feb 2, 2010, it’s obviously a probation’s over party!!

  20. watchthisjack says: Feb 10, 2012 11:07 AM

    YouTube Rey Malaluga and Erin Andrews. Its priceless.

  21. yevrag3535 says: Feb 10, 2012 11:12 AM

    Were u ever in that place ? it is a dive, I pumch him too.

  22. southflsteel says: Feb 10, 2012 11:14 AM

    And this is “suprising” how?

  23. maryannwiththeshakyhands says: Feb 10, 2012 11:53 AM

    Cedric Benson is flabbergasted

  24. binarybulge says: Feb 10, 2012 12:28 PM

    This is just the Bengals getting started with their REAL season.

  25. melikefootball says: Feb 10, 2012 12:37 PM

    How I look forward to the Bungals off season.

  26. nyjalleffingday says: Feb 10, 2012 12:48 PM


    Just like Goodell favors the Jets, because he’s a former employee, right Patsie?

  27. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Feb 10, 2012 1:10 PM

    Hey here’s some knowledge for you numb skulls:

    Bengals- 11 arrests since 2006

    Steelers- 10 arrests since 2006

    The Bengals have a very AVERAGE amount of arrests in the past 5 years. They might have fewer arrests than YOUR team. But don’t let a silly thing like the truth get in the way of your bashing.

  28. rc33 says: Feb 10, 2012 1:14 PM

    Just a flat-out comedy act in Cincinnati. It never ends; an embarrassment to the NFL.
    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say Malaluga is a POS.
    It’s not even unfortunate or even sad anymore, just funny.

  29. db105 says: Feb 10, 2012 2:33 PM

    It may be the offseason but Rey is in midseason form.

  30. bearsoxass says: Feb 13, 2012 6:55 AM

    Bengals players are a bunch of bums.

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