The NFL has seen their fair share of players getting in trouble, with the Aaron Hernandez case taking the cake. Oakland Raiders linebacker Kaluka Maiava is the latest to join the sorry group of professional football players who cannot seem to keep their nose clean.
Maiava and his brother found themselves in an altercation with two men outside of a bar in Maui earlier this year. A fight reportedly broke out and Maiava and his older brother beat up the two men. They were not arrested at the time, but apparently, the police have decided to press charges. Not exactly what the Raiders had in mind when they signed Maiava to a three-year, $6 million contract, especially since the fight occurred just four days after he inked the deal.
The 27-year-old and his 30-year-old brother are officially charged with third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal property damage, a misdemeanor and a petty misdemeanor. Obviously, Maiava has found himself in quite the situation, one that could see his football career end.
It is quite clear the NFL is not going to put up with any more nonsense with players thinking they are above the law. If this was years ago, then maybe Maiava gets to keep his job. However, commissioner Roger Goodell is determined to improve the image of the NFL, which means several people are going to be made an example of this year.
The Raiders have yet to make a comment on the matter, but one has to assume they plan on distancing themselves as far away as possible.