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Tuaolo Arrested On Domestic Assault Charges

Esera Tuaolo played defensive tackle for nine NFL seasons, five of which were spent with the Vikings.  He started 28 games for the Vikings and registered 5.5 sacks.

The Hawaii-born Oregon State product was recently arrested for domestic assault in Ramsey County.  Few details (okay, pretty much all of them) are unknown, but Tuaolo was released on $2,000 bail and has a court hearing scheduled for August.

Some highlights of Tuaolo’s career was to be the last player to ever tackle John Elway and also when he appeared in the Super Bowl as a member of the Falcons in 1999 (yup, THOSE Falcons).

Tuaolo is less known for his play on the field, however, than he was for a personal revelation that came out in 2002.  That was the year in which he announced that he is a homosexual and planned on raising twins with his partner.  That relationship reportedly ended in 2007.

So far, there is no indication as to who or whom the victim of the assault was.

He has been a strong advocate for homosexual rights after his NFL career ended.  Tuaolo has consulted the NFL on fighting homophobia within the league, served on the board for the Gay and Lesbian Athletics Foundation, has testified in front of the State Legislature, appeared on numerous television shows, and authored a book titled Alone In The Trenches: My Life As A Gay Man In The NFL.

Tuaolo was originally drafted by the Packers in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft.


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