Not guilty plea for NFL linebacker Maiava
Oakland Raiders linebacker Kaluka Maiava pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault and criminal property charges, his attorney said at his court arraignment Thursday.
The 27-year-old football player and his 30-year-old brother, Ilima Maiava, were charged with assaulting two men and damaging property during a brawl at Life’s a Beach in Kihei Kalama Village on March 17, just four days after Kaluka Maiava signed a three-year, $6 million contract with the Raiders.
Both Maiava brothers are charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and fourth-degree criminal property damage, a petty misdemeanor. They were not present for Thursday’s hearing.
Kaluka Maiava’s attorney, Ben Lowenthal, requested a trial before a jury. The trial was scheduled for 8 a.m. Aug. 13 in 2nd Circuit Court.
The attorney for Ilima Maiava of Waipahu, Oahu, requested a continued arraignment in District Court. That was scheduled for Aug. 29.
Kaluka Maiava’s agent, Kenny Zuckerman, said he had no comment Thursday.
The 5-foot-11, 229-pound linebacker was a second-team, All-Pacific-12 Conference selection in 2008, his senior season, and defensive most valuable player of the 2009 Rose Bowl before being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 2009 National Football League draft, 104th overall.
He is the only Maui Interscholastic League athlete ever drafted by an NFL team.
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