Junior Seau, former NFL star for the San Diego Chargers, was hospitalized at the Scripps La Jolla Hospital in San Diego earlier today with minor injuries after driving his vehicle off a cliff. The incident occurred approximately nine hours after being arrested for domestic assault.
Seau's white Cadillac SUV was located on the beach about 100 feet below the roadside. Carlsbad police Lt. Kelly Cain described the cliff as a "significant, rough slope".
Seau's 25-year-old girlfriend claimed she had been assaulted during an argument the day before at Seau's Oceanside home. She did not require medical attention but she did appear to have minor injuries. Seau was not home when the police had arrived but he returned when the police asked him to return when he had called his girlfriend. Seau was arrested and was later released.
Seau, who is 41 years old, was a star linebacker for the University of Southern California before being picked fifth overall in 1990 by the San Diego Chargers. He helped the Chargers go to the Super Bowl in 1994 and was later traded to the Miami Dolphins in 2003. Seau left football for four days after 16 seasons in August 2006. He then signed with the New England Patriots and started 14 of the 27 games he played for them over the next two seasons. He retired after the 2007 season but came out of retirement for the final four games in 2008. He then played a partial season in 2009.
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