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Bengals' Rey Maualuga pleads not guilty

Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge, according to the Associated Press.

Police charged Maualuga this month after investigating allegations by a bar employee that Maualuga punched him in the face.

This is Maualuga's second violation in two years under the NFL's personal conduct policy, which likely will lead to discipline from the NFL. In 2010, he pleaded guilty to drunken driving, but successfully won his appeal of a one-game suspension. He was still fined two game checks that totaled $46,740.

Maualuga is the fourth Bengals player to get in trouble with the law in the past eight months, joining running back Cedric Benson, cornerback Adam Jones and wide receiver Jerome Simpson.