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A lawyer for Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald says there is video evidence that refutes De’Vincent Spriggs’ claim that Donald physically abused him outside a Pittsburgh nightclub.
Casey White, the lawyer Donald hired after the allegations against him on Wednesday, told ESPN that Spriggs swung a bottle at Donald and hit him in the head as he ducked before others around Donald intervened.
While he’s dodging, someone is grabbing him from behind to keep him from going out with this guy, Mr. B. Spriggs to work with, so he’s kind of holding Aaron back, White said. At that point, other people come to Aaron’s aid and protect him by sending Mr. B., who has been in contact with him for several years. Pull Spriggs out of the area where he’s being beaten and wrestled; right now, it’s a mutual battle between other people that Aaron doesn’t really know.
White said they got five witness statements and Donald eventually helped get the people out of Spriggs.
Aaron rushes to help [Spriggs] and starts pulling people away from this guy, White said. He tries to get these kids away from Spriggs; he gets at least two or three people away from Spriggs, whereupon someone grabs Aaron and says: This is a bad situation, let’s get out of here.
A lawyer for Spriggs filed a criminal complaint with Pittsburgh police on Wednesday alleging that Donald and others attacked his 26-year-old client last weekend after work at a club.
Attorney Todd J. Hollis said his client, Spriggs, needed 16 stitches and suffered a broken eye socket, a broken nose, a concussion and a dislocated or broken arm. The alleged attack took place around 3 a.m. On Sunday, Hollis said, the lawyer released a photo showing Spriggs with injuries and swelling on his face.
According to Hollis, Spriggs inadvertently confronted Donald and an incident ensued at the nightclub, after which both parties were asked to leave. White said Spriggs gave Donald an elbow in the back, which Donald initially dismissed, thinking it was probably someone he knew.
He turns around, and it’s Mr. Spriggs. and Aaron is speaking: What happened? And Mr. Spriggs starts yelling aggressively: Is that what I wanted? Did I do it? He keeps repeating it, it doesn’t make any sense, but he keeps screaming: Did I do it? It’s clear to Aaron and to all witnesses that [Spriggs] is drunk, White said.
White said Spriggs was escorted out of what he described as a private party in someone’s apartment above the company bar.
According to White, Donald and his colleague left the party shortly after, where they confronted Spriggs in an alley near Congress.
White said he did not expect Pittsburgh police to charge Donald.
The Rams issued a statement saying they were aware of the reports about Donald, who is a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and seven-time Pro Bowl player with 85.5 career sacks.
We are gathering more information and will not comment at this time, Rams said in a statement.
Donald, 29, from Pittsburgh, was a star player at Pitt, where he often coached in the offseason. He also has several charitable projects in the region.
The Rams selected Donald with the 13th pick. 2014 Overall Draft Pick. He’s in the middle of a six-year, $135 million contract extension.
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