PITTSBURGH (AP) – The lawyer for Los Angeles Rams defensive linemansaid Friday that witnesses and surveillance video refute a man’s claim the player assaulted him at a Pittsburgh nightclub last weekend.
Attorneytold WPXI-TV that the video indicates did not assault anyone but was trying to save the victim, De’Vincent Spriggs.
The station aired black-and-white video that shows about a dozen men and a melee in which one man, purportedly, ended up on the ground. White says is in the video, pulling someone away from the fight.
“’s like, ‘I don’t have anything to hide, let’s go to police, let’s do what we’ve got to do. Because all I want to do is go to the weight room, work out and not be bothered with this,’” told the station.
told ESPN that five witnesses say helped pull people away.
“He’s trying to get these kids off; He gets at least two or three people off of Spriggs and at that point in time, somebody grabs and says, ‘This is not a good situation, let’s get the heck out of here,’” told ESPN.
A message seeking further comment was left for White.
‘ lawyer Todd J. Hollis has said and others assaulted , causing multiple injuries that required hospital treatment.
, 26, filed a complaint on Wednesday with Pittsburgh police, who are investigating. No charges have been filed.
said had earlier jabbed with his elbow and swung a liquor bottle that grazed ‘s face, and that did not fight back.
“He turned around and it’s this Mr.… and goes, ‘What’s up?’ and Mr. starts yelling belligerently, ‘Did I mean to? Did I mean to?’ He keeps repeating, it’s kind of nonsensical, but he keeps yelling, ‘Did I mean to?’ It’s apparent to and it’s apparent to all the witnesses that (Spriggs) is intoxicated,” told ESPN.
Hollis has saidbumped into and that escalated the matter, leading to the alleged assault.
The incident occurred around 3 a.m. Sunday in the city’s South Side.said the men were at a private party in an apartment, and that after the initial confrontation, and another person encountered in a back alleyway.
, 29, was named the Associated Press NFL defensive player of the year in February and played college football at the University of Pittsburgh.
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