Bengals' Maualuga charged with assault

Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga has been officially charged with misdemeanor assault for his alleged involvement in a bar fight last weekend.

Maualuga's arraignment is set for Feb. 17.

The team had no comment.

Maualuga allegedly punched the manager of the night spot early Sunday morning around closing time, according to FOX19 in Cincinnati.

"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," said Sammy Laham, the manager of Luxe. "Then security diffused the situation."

Added witness and bar employee Brittany Knight: "Our security went over to see what was going on, to break them up, and Sammy went over as well, and Rey was leaning up against the bar and he stepped forward and swung. At first I didn't see who it was because I was standing a little further back until I saw my manager walk by and I saw his eye and it was bleeding and cut up. He said, 'I can't believe I just got hit' and I was shocked with my mouth to the ground."

In the past, Maualuga pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and went to alcohol rehabilitation. He tallied 88 tackles and one interception for the Bengals, who fell to the Houston Texans in the wild-card round of the AFC playoffs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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