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Aaron Donald’s attorney says video refutes assault claims

Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) walks off the field after an injury against the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Attorney Casey White claims video and eyewitnesses at the scene will refute assault claims alleging Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was responsible for injuries in a bar fight.

De’Vincent Spriggs filed a criminal complaint in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, alleging through attorney Todd J. Hollis that he needed 16 stitches and suffered a broken orbital bone, broken nose, concussion and a significant arm injury in a 3 a.m. bar fight Sunday.

Spriggs claims he accidentally bumped into Donald, who immediately became enraged, and things turned physical.

White said he doubts police will file charges.

He told ESPN on Friday that Spriggs started the fracas by digging his elbow into Donald’s back, then swinging a beer bottle over Donald’s head.

“He turned around and it’s this Mr. Spriggs … and Aaron goes, ‘What’s up?’ and Mr. Spriggs 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 Aaron and it’s apparent to all the witnesses that [Spriggs] is intoxicated,” White said.

“As he ducks, somebody from behind grabs him to stop him from interacting with this guy, Mr. Spriggs, so he holds Aaron back in a sense,” White said. “At that point, that’s when other people come to Aaron’s aid and defend him by removing, so to speak, Mr. Spriggs from the area where he is punched, and he is fighting; it’s a mutual fight at this point between other individuals who Aaron does not really know.”

The Rams issued a statement confirming they were aware of the incident and were gathering more details.

Donald, 29, was a college star at Pitt and a first-round draft pick of the Rams in 2014. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year works out in Pittsburgh in the offseason.

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