Former Bengals defensive end Jonathan Fanene is facing eight felony and five misdemeanor charges in American Samoa after he allegedly assaulted his wife and sister with a pipe, golf club and broom handle, among other items.
According to court documents reviewed by the Associated Press, the incident occurred May 26 when Fanene was accused of having an extramarital affair on a recent trip to Hawaii. Fanene’s wife said in a criminal complaint that Fanene allegedly “flew into a rage and proceed to assault his sister with his hands” before asking his 9-year-old son to grab “the bat.”
Instead, the son came back with a pipe, golf club and broom handle. The son is quoted in court documents: “He beat them as hard as he can. … My mom told him to stop, in a crying way.”
“At one point during the course of the physical onslaught, she got up on the couch to distance herself from him, but he assaulted her with the pipe,” the affidavit says, adding Fanene’s wife was able to remove the pipe and stick from her husband, but “he grabbed a commercial grade extension cord, wound it around his hand, and proceed to whip her and her sister-in-law with it.”
The affidavit included descriptions of additional incidents as far back as 2009, including two occasions when Fanene allegedly held a gun to his wife’s head.
Fanene was charged with eight felonies, including kidnapping and assault. He’s currently out on $100,000 bond and due to appear in court next week.
Fanene was drafted by the Bengals in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft after playing collegiately at Utah. He played seven seasons with Cincinnati before signing with the Patriots in 2012. He was cut that offseason and hasn’t played since.
Since 2014, Fanene has been the director of the American Samoa Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs but was fired after the recent allegations against him.