Aaron Donald’s lawyer claims the NFL star never touched anyone and that the statements made earlier this week are false — he said he has the videos to prove it.
Earlier this week, DeVincent Spriggs claimed the Donald assaulted and his attorney said he intended to press charges.
ESPN reports that Spriggs filed a criminal complaint with Pittsburg police on Wednesday saying Donald and others assaulted his 26-year-old client at an after-hours club — he needed 16 stitches and suffered a broken orbital bone, a broken nose, a concussion and a sprained or broken arm.
But Donald, who is a defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams, appeared in the videos appears to be pulling people off of Spriggs after Donald’s attorney says Springs waited in an alley and hit Donald on the head with a bottle, his attorney details.
Casey White, an attorney hired by Donald to represent him following allegations, told ESPN that Spriggs swung a bottle at Donald that grazed his head as he ducked, before other people surrounding Donald stepped in, the article reads.
“As he ducks, somebody from behind grabs him to stop him from interacting with this guy, Mr. Spriggs, so he holds Aaron back in a sense,” White said, per ESPN. “At that point, that’s when other people come to Aaron’s aid and defend him by removing, so to speak, Mr. Spriggs from the area where he is punched and he is fighting. It’s a mutual fight at this point between other individuals who Aaron does not really know.”
“Aaron actually runs over to [Spriggs’] aid and starts pulling people off of this guy,” White said. “He’s trying to get these kids off Spriggs — he gets at least two or three people off of Spriggs and at that point in time, somebody grabs Aaron and says, ‘This is not a good situation, let’s get the heck out of here.'”
Donald’s attorney said he does not anticipate that the Pittsburgh police will file charges against Donald.
The Rams released a statement saying they are aware of the reports regarding Donald.
“We are collecting more information and will have no further comment at this time,” the Rams’ statement said, per ESPN.
The 29-year-old Pittsburgh native was a star college player at Pitt and often trains in the area during the offseason, ESPN reports.
After first being selected by the Rams with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He is a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and seven-time Pro Bowl selection with 85.5 career sacks. Donald is in the midst of a six-year, $135 million extension.