Seau won’t face domestic violence charges
By City News ServiceNo domestic violence charges will be filed against former Chargers linebacker Junior Seau, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.
Prosecutors made the decision not to bring charges against Seau after reviewing the case presented by the Oceanside Police Department.
“As with every case we review, we have an ethical duty to file charges only when we believe we can prove them beyond a reasonable doubt,” a statement released by the D.A.’s office reads.
Seau, 41, was arrested after his 25-year-old live-in girlfriend called Oceanside police late last Sunday, alleging that he had assaulted her during an argument. She suffered superficial injuries that did not require medical treatment, according to police.
On Monday morning about 8:45 a.m. — five hours after bailing out of jail — Seau drove his 2004 Cadillac Escalade off a road, over a 30-foot cliff, and onto Carlsbad State Beach. He was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.
Seau, who was conscious and alert when medics arrived after the crash, told investigating officers he had fallen asleep at the wheel. There was no immediate evidence that he was intoxicated or in a suicidal state of mind, Lt. Kelly Cain said.
Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowl player who established a Mission Valley sports bar-restaurant bearing his name 14 years ago, was a standout athlete at the University of Southern California.
He played for the Chargers from 1990 to 2002, the Miami Dolphins from 2003 to 2005 and the New England Patriots from 2006 to 2009.