Former NFL star Junior Seau drove his car off a cliff in Carlsbad, California. Just hours after being charge of spousal violence in his Oceanside resident, the 41 year old former Patriot linebacker drove his white Cadillac SUV off a cliff and landed on the beach, officials said.
The charges came after police responded to a domestic violence call late Sunday night. Authorities were called to Seau’s home to look into the alleged assault late Sunday. The victim was the nine time all-pro selection’s 25-year-old live-in girlfriend. She was found to have slight injuries but her wounds were not serious enough require medical treatment, authorities said.
According to the police, the attack happened when the two where having a verbal argument. Seau was not present at the scene when authorities came to investigate the incident, but he later came home after calling his girlfriend and spoke to authorities on the site.
At 12:20 a.m. Monday, Seau, a father of four children and divorced, was arrested on the charge of spousal assault with injury. He was released on bail, officials said.
A few hours after the incident, Seau drove his car off a cliff and landed on the beach at Carlsbad, a coastal communitylying along the Pacific Ocean and located in 35miles north of San Diego, California.
Seau was found conscious inside his car by paramedics. He was brought to the nearby Scripps La Jolla Hospital for treatment, authorities told reporters. The accident is currently under investigation by law officers. The cause of the accident is still unknown but authorities made clear that Seau was alone in the car when the accident occured.
Tiaina Baul “Junior” Seau Jr. was born in January 19, 1969 at San Diego, California. He received his first football award (The Avocado League Offensive Player of the Year) in middle school when he played as linebacker and tight end for Oceanside High School. Later he attended the University of Southern California. He was given the jersey number 55, a jersey number traditionally worn by USC linebacker – connoting membership in the exclusive USC linebacker group more famously known as “Club 55”.
He entered the NFL when he drafted in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft. He made played his first pro game as a San Diego Chargers. Seau immediately rose to fame and established himself as a Hall of Fame potential. Fans gave him the nickname “Tasmanian Devil”.
He left San Diego Chargers on 2003 when he was traded to the Miami Dolphins of a conditional draft choice. Unfortunately, a pectoral muscle injury in 2004 made slumped his career with the Dolphins. He was release on March 6, 2006. Seau, subsequently, joined the New England Patriots, four days after announcing his retirement.
In his 20 season career, Seau amassed 1,526 tackles, 56.5 sacks and 18 interceptions. He was also included in the NFL 1990s All Decade Team and has been a nine-time All-Pro and 12-time Pro-Bowl selection.
Aside from football, Seau has his own reality show called “Sports Jobs with Junior Seau”. The program highlights the life different sports-related worker or athletes as he takes the role of each of them.
Seau is also an entrepreneur, with two restuarant establishments called Seau’s in Southern California and a clothing line and a philantrophist, head of a San Diego-based nonprofit organization.