Maualuga tries to comfort old pal Cushing

Bengals LB Rey Maualuga said Monday night that he has gained perspective on many things after his January DUI arrest in Kentucky forced him to confront a drinking problem. One of the things he has learned is to support folks when they’re having issues — something he has done for former USC teammate and current Texans LB Brian Cushing, who on Friday received a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

“I’m just thinking about what happened to me with the DUI (arrest in February), how I didn’t want anybody to talk to me,” Maualuga said. “I’m not saying I know how he feels, but I’m just comparing it to how I felt, with people calling and texting and asking me, ‘What happened?’ All I did was say, ‘This, too, shall pass. You’ll be all right, bro.’ He said, ‘Thanks. I appreciate it.’ He knows I have his back.

“I know he’s going through a lot. A lot of people are going to say that he’s a cheater and all that. His success came from working hard. He’s one of hardest-working guys I know.”

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