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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Jonathan Fanene faces charges he used a pipe, golf club and broom handle to assault his wife and his sister over allegations he had an extramarital affair while on a trip to Hawaii, according to court documents filed this week.

Fanene has been charged in the district court of American Samoa with eight felonies, including kidnapping and assault, and five misdemeanors. He has been released on $100,000 bail and will appear in court next week.

Defense lawyer Marcellus Talaimalo Uiagalelei, who declined to comment to The Associated Press on Thursday, will decide then if Fanene continues with a preliminary hearing at the district court level or opts to have the case heard in the High Court of American Samoa.


Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Jonathen Fanene charged with eight felonies. (Photo: Tony Tribble)


Fanene played for the University of Utah and was drafted by the Bengals in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL draft. He played seven seasons for the Bengals and started 10 games in 2009. He played for New England in 2012, but he was released after being injured in training camp.

He has been serving as director of the American Samoa Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs since 2014, but has lost his job.

“Based on the information I received from the Police Commission, my decision is to terminate Mr. Fanene,” American Samoa’s acting governor, Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga, told the AP late Wednesday.


An acting director has already been named, and Mauga expected Fanene’s termination letter to be mailed Thursday or Friday.

Mauga said he made the decision after reviewing the files and photos of Fanene’s wife from the investigation.


The incident is alleged to have occurred May 26 and been witnessed by the couple’s 9-year-old son, who told police his father told him to grab “the bat,” according to court documents. When the boy couldn’t find one, he brought a pipe, golf club and broom handle.

The son then saw his father “use these objects to assault” his mother and aunt, the affidavit says.


“He beat them as hard as he can. ... My mom told him to stop, in a crying way,” the son is quoted in the affidavit, telling a police investigator.

Police said the wife suffered multiple contusions covering an area from her shoulders to ankles on one side of her body. She also sustained injuries to her buttocks, the upper portion of both arms and her lips, court documents say.

His wife filed a criminal complaint against Fanene on May 29. She allegedly told police that she was informed by her sister-in-law that Fanene was seen in Hawaii with another woman and that Fanene had a “hickey” on his neck.

The wife told Fanene about what his sister had said, and Fanene “flew into a rage and proceed to assault his sister with his hands,” inside the couple home, the affidavit alleges.

The wife told police that she tried to “run for the door” but Fanene “threw a chair at her, he then grabbed her and dragged her (back) into the house,” the affidavit further alleges, noting that Fanene “then instructed their 9 year old son to grab “the bat”, but the (son) brought back a wooden stick.”

Fanene then “used these objects to assault her and her sister-in-law,” according to the wife’s statement to police cited in the affidavit.

The wife said she tried numerous times to get away from her husband, but he would catch her and beat her up.



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Pipe, golf club and broom handle?   Dude instructed his 9 year old son to go get a bat while he dragged mom back into the house?  Sad if true.

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I don't remember him ever being in any kind of legal trouble here?  I don't think you convince your wife and sister-in-law you're not cheating by beating the shit out of them with a golf club.  Dude went from zero to psychotic piece of shit in a hurry.  

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Very sad story, I'm sure this is only the surface not scratched but damn, hope the kids and wife are OK.

He had $ to make bail so hopefully he also has enough to take care of his family. Pretty fucked up.

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