Updated Oct. 18, 2010 @ 5:40 p.m. ET
Posted Oct. 18,. 2010 @ 1:20 p.m. ET
Former NFL LB Junior Seau was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., after he apparently drove his Cadillac Escalade off a cliff near his home in Carlsbad, Calif. on Monday morning. He survived the crash and was taken to the hospital with cuts and bruises. He had been arrested earlier in the morning for felony spousal assault.
Just one week ago, the Junior Seau Foundation had its 10th annual Teammates Luncheon in La Jolla, this year honoring former Chargers kicker Rolf Benirschke. "Junior is a big personality. He was running the event and talking to everybody there," Benirschke told PFW on Monday. Benirschke first heard about the incident when he got out of a meeting at 11 a.m.
Benirschke said the Teammates Luncheon is something Seau started when he was playing with the Chargers and he would schedule it for his bye week when he played for New England.
"We all watched him grow up and have a big impact on the game and in the community that raised him. We watched him go to 12 Pro Bowls and make a huge mark in the game. As these events unfold we are waiting for all the details and concerned for all the parties involved," said Benirschke.
Seau was arrested at about 12:20 a.m. early Monday morning after his 25-year-old live-in girlfriend reported that he assaulted her at their home on South Strand.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, police were called to the house at about 10:15 p.m. Sunday after the woman said Seau assaulted her during an argument. She suffered minor injuries that did not require medical treatment.
Seau was not at home when officers arrived but returned home after talking to them on the phone. He was taken into custody and booked before posting bail and being released at 3:20 a.m.
The one-car crash took place at 8:42 a.m. Seau's vehicle drove about 75-100 feet off the roadway and over the cliff, Carlsbad police Lt. Kelly Cain told the Union-Tribune. Seau was alone and conscious in his car.
Officers and investigators at the scene did not observe any symptoms of drug and alcohol use and they do not suspect Seau was suicidal. According to TMZ and the Union-Tribune, Seau told police he fell asleep at the wheel and was not trying to commit suicide.
TMZ first reported the arrest. PFW attempted to contact Seau's agent, Marvin Demoff, but his office declined to comment.