NFL players have not exactly stayed out of trouble with the law this offseason, and now, yet another player will be in the limelight for all the wrong resaons.
Oakland Raiders linebacker Kaluka Maiava and his brother, Ilima Maiava, were charged with assault after beating up two men at bar in Maui, according to the Associated Press.
The incident occurred on March 17, just four days after Maiava signed a multi-year contract with the Raiders for three years and $6 million.
The two Maiava brothers were not arrested, but according to the report, “after reviewing police reports and other evidence, prosecutors decided to go forward with criminal charges.”
The official charges against them are two misdemeanors: third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal property damage. If convicted of both crimes, the brothers could serve up to over a year in prison.
They will enter a plea during their arraignment on July 25 at the Wailuku District Court.
Drafted by the Browns in the fourth round in 2009, Maiava recorded 35 tackles, two forced fumbles and two sacks in 16 games last season. He has spent his entire four years in the NFL with Cleveland.
Maiava is the first signing by Raiders’ GM Reggie McKenzie to be arrested. His future with the team is obviously up in the air at this point, but we will let the legal system play itself out.