Freddie Maugatai and Elliott Neese of the 'Deadliest Catch' in Trouble With the Law

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Freddy Maugatai from Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" series is making news headlines and it is not the good kind about successful, full pots of crabs. According to the Dutch Harbor Telegraph, the charge against Freddy is a misdemeanor assault at the Grand Aleutian Hotel in Alaska.

On December 16, Freddy allegedly got into a fight. He had a man in a headlock when the guy's wife came into the restroom to check on her husband. When she tried to free her husband, she claims that Freddy grabbed her by the arm, forcefully pushing her across the room.

Freddy is ordered by the judge to stay away from the alleged victims and the Grand Aleutian Hotel. Freddy was due back in court in late January. He is currently out on the Bering Sea fishing.

Freddy used to be on the Cornelia Marie, but he left because the boat didn't feel right with Captain Phil Harris gone. Now he is fishing aboard the Wizard with Captain Keith Colburn.

Elliott Neese

Also making news headlines again is the young captain Elliott Neese. This time it is for domestic violence. His girlfriend, Valerie Gunderson, has filed a restraining order against Elliott. On Valentine's Day, the courts granted her a temporary restraining order. According to EW news, Elliott showed up at her home and he wanted to hug their two young children good night. His children are ages 3 and 6. Later, Elliott called Valerie's mother, threatening to take his kids and disappear to Mexico. Elliott is not only a citizen of the United States; he is also a citizen in Mexico. Elliott left another message saying that if he can't have Valerie, then nobody can.

Valerie believes that alcohol, drugs, or both cause Elliott's behavior. Apparently, this isn't the first time that Elliott has crossed the line with her. In 2006 and in 2010, Valerie claims that Elliott grabbed her and injured her hand. He also destroyed some of her personal belongings. One night, when Valerie refused to talk to Elliott, he sent her 15 text messages and 38 phone calls all within a 60-minute period. One month earlier, Elliott did the same thing, except this time he called her 54 times.

On March 1, a court in Homer, Alaska will hold a hearing where they will determine whether to grant Valerie a long-term protective order against Elliott.

Elliott's side of the story remains with him, because he is out fishing. But on February 15, Elliott tweeted that he was off to Dutch, loves Valerie and his children, and he couldn't wait to get home to see them again.

In Conclusion

Fans of the "Deadliest Catch" should hope and pray that Elliott and all the other "Deadliest Catch" crew gets things straightened out in their lives. It may be the deadliest job, but it should not be an excuse for abusing drugs, people, or being irresponsible. Yes, everyone is human, but these men have many fans following them. Whether they like it or not, they are role models for many of the young kids that watch the show each week. It is also up to each individual on whether or not these events really happen, or if they are just hype for the camera.


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