Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga got some good news in a courtroom in Cincinnati today, as a judge agreed to throw out assault charges against him.
Maualuga was charged with assault in February after a bar manager said that Maualuga punched him, but Maualuga and his accuser went to mediation, and after coming to terms there (presumably involving Maualuga writing a check to the bar manager), both sides told the judge they didn’t believe a criminal case should move forward. As a result, the judge dismissed it.
That does not, however, mean Maualuga is in the clear as far as the NFL is concerned. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said that merely avoiding a criminal conviction does not mean a player hasn’t violated the league’s personal-conduct policy, and Goodell has also said he will be particularly harsh with repeat offenders, which Maualuga is: He was previously fined two game checks and sent to alcohol rehab after a DUI.
Maualuga has been a starter since the Bengals drafted him three years ago and has missed only four career games. There’s a chance he’ll miss the start of this season while serving an NFL-imposed suspension.