Tuaolo charged with domestic assault

Former Vikings defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo was charged with domestic assault this week and the alleged victim is a man. Tuaolo made national headlines in 2002 when he admitted that he is gay.

Former Viking Esera Tuaolo was charged with domestic assault this week in North Oaks, a community in Ramsey County in the eastern portion of the Twin Cities metro area. He was charged with three misdemeanor offenses – domestic assault, assault and disorderly conduct.

What will make this case interesting if it is contested is that the alleged victim in the incident is a man. Tuaolo made headlines in 2002 when he came public that he was gay and raising twins with his partner. In the world of the NFL, "coming out" isn't a common occurrence and highlighted the homophobic nature of sports.

Ramsey County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a domestic assault complaint at 5:45 p.m. last Sunday. Tuaolo was cited for the three charges after the police arrived at the scene. As is often the case in a domestic abuse case, the alleged victim was granted a no-contact order against Tuaolo. He was arrested and released Monday after posting $2,000 bail.

If the case goes to trial, it will be interesting to see how the judicial process views a case of same-sex domestic violence. Since there aren't many high-profile same-sex domestic assault cases on the record, this could serve as something of a landmark case.

A preliminary hearing is expected in August.


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