Lawyer: Mike, Maurkice Pouncey won't be charged in club brawl

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey and Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey will not be charged for their roles in a fight that took place this summer at a nightclub, according to the players' defense attorney.

The brothers were accused of attacking three people at a Miami Beach nightclub in July. Those three individuals -- Ricquan James, Niya Pickett and Brentley Williams -- are suing the Pounceys, seeking more than $15,000 in damages.

The lawsuit claims that the Pouncey made homophobic remarks to James and physically attacked him. Pickett says she was beaten after trying to break up the fight and Williams was claims he was injured when the Pounceys threw James and Pickett out of the nightclub.

Police said in August that it was likely that Maurkice Pouncey would be charged with misdemeanor battery for his role in the brawl, while the Pounceys' attorney, Jeff Ostrow, said that the evidence supporting a battery claims was “flimsy, at best.”

"As expected, the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney has determined that the Pouncey brothers should not be charged in connection with an altercation that occurred at the Cameo Nightclub on July 12, 2014," Ostrow said, according to the Miami Herald. "This further confirms that the previous claim that the brothers were involved was false and fabricated by individuals seeking notoriety and monetary gain."

Maurkice Pouncey signed a six-year, $48 million contract with Pittsburgh in June. Mike Pouncey missed the entire preseason and the first four games of this season after having hip surgery.

- Scooby Axson

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