The Dolphins waived linebacker Rey Maualuga after he was arrested on a battery charge in Miami early Saturday morning.
The team announced the move without comment on the legal situation, saying they were promoting running back De’Veon Smith from the practice squad to take Maualuga’s roster spot on the active roster.
Court records in Miami-Dade County show an open battery case against Maualuga, though no other information about that was immediately listed.
However, according to TMZ Sports, Maualuga was at a nightclub (Club E11even) at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning and allegedly wouldn’t pay the $40 he owed for a tab. When asked again to pay, he allegedly became upset and grabbed an employee of the nightclub by the throat and shoved him. Rey was then kicked out by security and detained by cops, who arrested him.
Maualuga, 30, was escorted out of the nightclub by security, where he was detained by police and arrested. He was booked at the Turner Guildford Knight Correction Center and later appeared in Miami-Dade County Court Saturday afternoon. It was unclear if Maualuga had an attorney.
Maualuga entered the league as a second-round pick (38th overall) of the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2009 NFL draft. After playing the first eight seasons of his career in Cincy, Maualuga signed a free-agent contract with the Dolphins in August. He appeared in six games with four starts for the team. He recorded 23 tackles (14 solo) in his lone season with the team.
This isn’t Maualuga’s first run in with the law. In 2010, he was arrested on DUI charges after police determined that his blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit. He pleaded guilty and received probation.
This is the third off-the-field incident for a Dolphins player or coach this season. Earlier this season, the team suspended linebacker Lawrence Timmons for a game after he went AWOL the night before the season-opener and offensive line coach Chris Foerster was fired after a video emerged of him snorting a white powder.