After being accused of seriously injuring a man in a brawl outside a Pittsburgh night club, Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald now appears to be exonerated by newly released security footage from the incident, according to his attorney.
The melee took place outside Cosmo on Carson in South Pittsburgh at around 3am on Sunday. DeVincent Spriggs, the 26-year-old alleged victim, suffered a concussion, broken nose, broken arm and a badly bruised eye that required 16 stitches, according to his attorney, Todd Hollis.
Hollis has asked Pittsburgh police to charge Donald for assault, although no charges have been filed yet.
On Friday, local station WPXI released security footage from the brawl that appears to show Donald attempting to break up the fight as a crowd of combatants are seen punching and stomping on one individual, likely Spriggs.
After being accused of seriously injuring a man in a brawl outside a Pittsburgh night club, NFL star Aaron Donald now appears to be exonerated by newly released security footage from the incident, according to his attorney. On Friday, local station WPXI released security footage from the brawl that appears to show Donald attempting to break up the fight as a crowd of combatants are seen punching and stomping on one individual
The alleged victim, 26-year-old DeVincent Spriggs (pictured), is asking Pittsburgh police to press assault chargers against Donald, according to Spriggs’s attorney, Todd Hollis. Spriggs claims he needed 16 stitches for the eye injury he suffered during his skirmish with Donald
Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has not been charged with assault yet
Although the footage isn’t entirely clear, Donald does not appear to be the aggressor, nor is he seen throwing any punches. Instead, he’s seen pulling one of the combatants away from the the victim.
Donald’s attorney, Casey White, says the newly released security footage exonerates his client, a Pittsburgh native and former University of Pittsburgh star.
‘He actually saves Mr. Spriggs from further injury.’ White told Pittsburgh radio station 93.7 The Fan.
‘There’s not much else left to do to be honest with you because he’s not assaulted by Aaron Donald; he’s actually saved by Aaron Donald,’ White continued. ‘Mr. Spriggs should write a ”thank you” card to Aaron Donald.’
‘He didn’t cause any trouble, obviously he witnessed trouble,’ said White. ‘He’s got a lot of friends in Pittsburgh and he likes Pittsburgh, he lives here in the offseason.’
DeVincent Spriggs is pictured outside a police station in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. No criminal charges have been filed against Donald
The altercation allegedly took place in an alley (pictured) outside the club Cosmo on Carson
As Hollis told the Associated Press earlier this week, Spriggs and Donald got into a skirmish outside Cosmo on Carson, a night club on the city’s south side around 3am on Sunday.
‘We believe there was a misunderstanding that Mr. Spriggs bumped into Mr. Donald and Mr. Donald escalated the matter, leading to my client’s assault moments later,’ Hollis said.
‘They did a preliminary investigation and they’re going to look into the matter and get back to us as soon as they have more information,’ Hollis said.
Spriggs is not from Pennsylvania, according to Hollis, who did not specify where his client lives.
Donald, however, is one of Pittsburgh’s favorite sons, having starred at the University of Pittsburgh before being picked in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Although undersized for a defensive tackle at 6-foot-1, 285 pounds, Donald has established himself as one of football’s best linemen, having been selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his seven seasons.
Donald is currently signed to one of the largest contacts in the NFL: a six-year deal worth up to $135 million with $86 million guaranteed. Thus far, over his seven-year NFL career, Donald has earned over $77 million.
The brawl is said to have taken place in an alley near Cosmo on Carson, a Pittsburgh nightclub