Rams defensive sort out Aaron Donald acquired apologies Friday from the person who alleged that Donald assaulted him exterior a Pittsburgh nightclub final weekend and the person’s legal professional.
The legal professional, Todd J. Hollis, told Pittsburgh television station KDKA that his shopper, DeVincent Spriggs, wished to apologize after surveillance video of the Sunday morning incident appeared to indicate that Donald got here to Spriggs’ help as Spriggs was being kicked and punched.
“I wished to make this assertion public. And to increase an apology to Aaron for what he’s gone by way of, however I clearly know this was not him,” Hollis mentioned.
Hollis told Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times that he, too, misidentified Donald.
“It’s my perception after viewing the video that the particular person concerned within the altercation was not Aaron Donald,” Hollis informed Klein. “It was someone who resembled him.”
Hollis informed Klein that he wanted to rapidly right himself.
“We made these allegations publicly, so I consider as soon as I acquired the data that it was not him, I consider that I needs to be public with that as effectively and achieve this instantly reasonably than later,” Klein quoted Hollis as saying.
Hollis said at a press conference Wednesday that he deliberate to file legal fees towards Donald.
Within the video, which Pittsburgh TV station WPXI obtained Friday, Donald appeared to push away individuals who had been assaulting Spriggs.
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Surveillance video seems to indicate #NFL star Aaron Donald run over and attempt to break up assault. I simply talked to Donald’s lawyer who says his shopper got here to the rescue. #WPXI pic.twitter.com/0sXKjrMJs9
— Cara Sapida (@WPXICara) April 16, 2021
Donald’s legal professional, Casey White, told Pittsburgh radio station KDKA on Friday morning that these individuals knew Donald and had been defending him after Spriggs threw a bottle on the participant to escalate an earlier confrontation at a celebration contained in the membership. White mentioned the bottle struck Donald within the head.
White additionally mentioned that Pittsburgh police informed him in an e-mail that there was no video proof but of Donald attacking Spriggs. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that police declined to touch upon White’s declare and added that they had been nonetheless investigating the incident.
Spriggs reportedly suffered a concussion and an arm harm and acquired 16 stitches close to his proper eye.
Donald, 29, was born and raised in Pittsburgh and performed collegiately at Pitt. White says that Donald lives within the metropolis within the offseason.