SJ - April 16, 2021
News broke earlier this week that Rams star Aaron Donald was facing assault charges. He was accused of leaving a man with a badly swollen eye after a fight at a club in Pittsburgh.
Donald's attorney, Casey White, went on the sports radio station 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh. He says there's video of the incident and that it shows Donald didn't cause the injuries to the alleged victim.
White also says the video shows Donald actually trying to protect the victim after the fight broke out.
From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
White laid out the narrative the night of April 10 into the morning of April 11. He said Donald attended a crowded gathering at a private residence above a bar on East Carson Street, one that included many people he didn't know. Ten minutes after he arrived, White said, Donald felt something jab him in the back, and it turned out to be an elbow from Spriggs, a 26-year-old man whose social media profiles indicate is from Louisiana.
Donald realized he did not know this person and it was “obvious right away that he was drunk,” White said. Spriggs became “aggressive,” yelling loudly and “coming at” the seven-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman, White said. Also according to White, Spriggs was kicked out of the party at that time and escorted into an alleyway.
Later, when Donald and his older brother, Archie Donald Jr., went outside, Spriggs was still there. Spriggs began walking toward Aaron Donald and yelling again, with an object in his right hand, one that Donald believed might have been a gun, White said.
“We have the surveillance video, and we have five corroborating witnesses at this point,” White said. “And we have more that are coming out of the woodwork.”
White went on to add that it was a liquor bottle wielded by Spriggs, who swung it at Donald and grazed his head — “and that’s when all hell breaks loose.” Spriggs was then grabbed and “tuned up,” but that it was other men acting in defense of Donald rather than Donald himself who left Spriggs with the concussion, 16 stitches, broken eye socket and broken nose that his attorney, Todd Hollis, reported Wednesday.
There’s no dispute that Spriggs was badly injured, White admitted, but Donald "didn't cause any trouble." He was being restrained by others.
“Aaron then breaks free from the restraints — and this is all on video, so I’m not making this up — he then goes to the pile where this melee is taking place,” White said. “He starts tearing people off, protecting Mr. Spriggs.”
You can't really argue with video evidence. Let's hope the video eventually makes its way onto the internet so we all can see it. If what Donald's attorney is saying is true, then it says like the classic case of someone attempting to go after the biggest bag.
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