Maurkice Pouncey and his twin brother Mike Pouncey are being sued by three people following an altercation at a Miami nightclub to celebrate their birthday’s resulted in injury to three people and one woman being knocked unconscious.
Andy Slater of 940 WINZ in Miami has obtained a copy of the civil complaint filed by Riquan James, Brantley Williams, and Niya Pickett against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins centers after a night at the Cameo nightclub in Miami.
According to the copy, the Puncey’s and their security detail addressed James with “derogatory and homophobic remarks and anti-gay slurs,” and that the Pounceys began to shove him around.
Pro Football Talk breaks down the events that transpired after James asked the Punceys and their security to stop with the anti-gay slurs and pushing and shoving him around.
“Maurkice allegedly “struck James in the face several times” before the Pounceys and their security detail began “to punch, hit and kick James while he was laying in a fetal position.”
Pickett allegedly tried to intervene, but Maurkice “punched her in the face and knocked her unconscious.” Williams was a bystander into whom James and/or Pickett were thrown.
The alleged injuries to James and Pickett include “blunt force trauma to the head, neck, chest and back” and “multiple contusions and bruises over a great extent of their bodies.” Pickett allegedly suffered an eye injury, and James allegedly suffered broken teeth. Williams allegedly suffered “contusions and bruises over the great extent of her body and a laceration to her right leg, which required several stitches.”
The lawyer for the Pouncey’s is debunking the claims alleged in the civil complaint and said action will be taken if the lies to not cease. Surveillance footage taken at the nightclub should clear up any discrepancies, but this is yet another black eye for the NFL and the off-the-field behavior that continues to see players believe they are above the law.
On the heels of Ray Rice‘s two-game suspension for knocking out his fiancee and Greg Hardy found guilty for assaulting and communicating threats to his girlfriend, the Pouncey’s case–if true–would continue an ugly offseason of off-field transgressions.