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Football star Junior Seau won't face criminal charges

Seau1 No criminal charges will be filed against football star Junior Seau for the incident that led to his arrest Sunday night on a domestic-violence complaint by his 25-year-old girlfriend, the San Diego County district attorney announced late Friday.

Prosecutors reviewed evidence submitted by Oceanside police.

"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," Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis said in a written statement.

On Sunday, Seau was arrested by Oceanside police and booked into the Vista jail. After making bail, Seau drove his Cadillac Escalade off a 150-foot cliff in Carlsbad onto the beach about 8:40 a.m.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Seau told Carlsbad police that he had fallen asleep at the wheel of the SUV.

Police said tire marks and witnesses validated that explanation. No drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident, police said. No charges are pending for the crash, which left the vehicle with major damage and Seau with cuts and bruises.

Seau, 41, was a star at Oceanside High School and then an All-American linebacker at  USC. He played for the San Diego Chargers from 1990 to 2002, the Miami Dolphins from 2003 to 2005 and the New England Patriots from 2006 to 2009.

He was a 12-time Pro-Bowl selection during his 13 seasons with the Chargers. He also became a fan favorite because of his flamboyant style on the field and his philanthropic ventures.

After driving off the cliff. Seau was taken to a La Jolla hospital, where he was released the next day. His family and friends, including his ex-wife, rallied to his side. The couple had three children.

Seau is the second football player to be arrested for allegedly mistreating a girlfriend only to have the San Diego County district attorney decline to prosecute.

In 2009, Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman was arrested on suspicion of battery and false imprisonment after a complaint by reality television star Tila Tequila. After an investigation, the district attorney declined to take the case to trial.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Junior Seau as a San Diego Charger.

Credit: National Football League

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Lucky man indeed

They likely suspect she created her own injuries, as a large man would not leave minor bruises. This is very common and why female officers should be sent on these calls. Male officers always miss the obvious. Likely he was the real victim, and he was blocking her blows, though most think that is abuse by the man when he defends himself. Half the abusers are women, who know they can get away with it because of this idea.

Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women

One would hope poorer, less famous men would get the same consideration. V.P. Biden recently called violence against women, "the very worst abuse." The very worst abuse is valuing one life less than another for having been born the wrong sex. Under Biden's Violence Against Women Act the wrong sex is men. Shelter and services are virtually non-existent for male victims of domestic violence so those options out of a bad relationship, that are routinely available to women, are very often not available to men. Men wind up gender profiled and often falsely accused by the taxpayer funded, d.v. industry, because of gender feminist ideology controlling the d.v. industry. Men are often battered by domestic violence, and then battered again by the taxpayer funded, domestic violence industry. Credible research overwhelmingly shows that the ratio of d.v. is at least 50/50 between women & men. http://tinyurl.com/3sakk According to one study by researchers who work at the CDC, in 70% of domestic violence incidents, where the domestic violence is not mutual, it's women who initiate the domestic violence. http://tinyurl.com/yzm9xhe The taxpayer funded domestic violence industry has largely mischaracterized the true nature of d.v. from the beginning and continues to mislead the public. D.V. law follows a gender feminist agenda/ideology over facts in evidence and does great harm to many innocent men (and also many battering women who need help) as shown in "Los Misandry" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAmOxvudpF8

Domestic Violence is a serious problem that affects everyone.

A Federal Agency outside of California should look into the fact that wives of cops in SAN DIEGO are severely beaten, and nothing is done about it. Shouldn’t we care about a woman's safety? The City of San Diego and Internal Affairs, turns a BLIND EYE TO THIS, WHY?
Get rid of INTERNAL AFFAIRS and hire A NEW STAFF who will TAKE ACTION AND GET PAID LESS. THAT SHOULD SOLVE THEIR PROBLEM ON BUDGET CUTS. You would think with a WOMAN DA, this would not happen.

Isn't the Sheriff's dept. required to investigate crimes against women at the hands of SDPD and their own cops? Or are they just taking THE SDPD GUIDED TOUR, INSTEAD OF CONDUCTING A REAL INVESTIGATION?
Why doesn't the media report this problem, and put some pressure on them to take action.
No one is above the Law. If you break the law you should be arrested, not given a FREE PASS because you are a cop. A cop is only allowed to break the law when leadership fails to take ACTION, fails to hold cops accountable, AND lacks the ability to RUN A TIGHT SHIP.

What hope is there for all san diegan women, when Law Enforcement fails to hold their own accountable for breaking the law?

Interesting case! Being the football fan that I am, I've been following the case since it broke the news and I'm glad everything was worked out.

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