Training camp can't start soon enough. Another AFC North team has a player allegedly involved in an off-field incident. This time, it's the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Center Maurkice Pouncey has been named, along with this twin brother, Mike, a center for the Miami Dolphins, as an attacker by a man who said he was roughed up at a Miami Beach nightclub early Saturday morning.
“I just got jumped by 4 bouncers and the Pouncey Twins at Cameo,” Riquan James posted on Twitter, nbcmiami.com reported. “I'm going to press charges. My face is swollen.”
James told NBC 6 that the Pouncey brothers – who were at the club celebrating their birthday – were taunting him with gay slurs from their spot in the VIP section before he and a female friend were attacked. James also said he plans to sue the Pounceys.
Meanwhile, Maurkice Pouncey's attorney issued a statement denying that the Pounceys committed any violence and accusing James of trying to pull a fast one.
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"It appears that the accuser is an opportunist seeking attention and possible financial gain," Jeff Ostrow said (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). "Any attempt by the accuser or anyone else to bring an action against them based upon these false allegations will be vigorously defended. If the accuser continues to perpetuate these lies, we will bring an action against him.”
We're hearing an Oprah Winfrey kind of narration: You get a lawsuit! You get a lawsuit! You get a lawsuit!