Rams ’defensive attacks Aaron Donald received an apology on Friday from a man who claimed Donald attacked him in front of a Pittsburgh nightclub last weekend and the man’s lawyer.
Attorney Todd J. Hollis, he told the Pittsburgh television station KDKA that his client, DeVincent Spriggs, wanted to apologize after a surveillance video of Sunday morning’s incident appeared to show Donald jumping in to help Spriggs as they kicked Spriggs.
“I wanted to publish this statement. And to apologize to Aaron for what he went through, but I know clearly that this is not him,” Hollis said.
Hollis said Gary Klein for the Los Angeles Times that he, too, had mistakenly identified Donald.
“I am convinced after reviewing the video that the person involved in the argument was not Aaron Donald,” Hollis told Klein. “It was someone who looked like him.”
Hollis told Klein he had to correct himself quickly.
“We made these accusations publicly, so I believe that once I received the information that it was not him, I believe that I should be public with that, and not immediately,” Klein Hollisa was quoted as saying.
Hollis he told a news conference on Wednesday that he planned to file a criminal complaint against Donald.
In the video, which Pittsburgh TV station WPXI received on Friday, Donald appears to be pushing away people attacking Spriggs.
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: The surveillance video appears to be displayed #NFL star Aaron Donald ran over and tried to stop the attack. I just talked to Donald’s lawyer who says his client came to the rescue. #WPXI pic.twitter.com/0sXKjrMJs9
– Cara Sapida (@WPXICara) April 16, 2021
Donald’s attorney, Casey White, he told the KDKA radio station in Pittsburgh on Friday morning that these people knew Donald and defended him after Spriggs threw a bottle at the player to escalate an earlier showdown at a club party. White said the bottle hit Donald in the head.
White also said Pittsburgh police told him by email that there was no video evidence yet of Donald attacking Spriggs. The Reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that police declined to comment on White’s claim, adding that they were still investigating the incident.
Spriggs allegedly suffered a concussion and an arm injury and suffered 16 stitches near his right eye.
Donald, 29, was born and raised in Pittsburgh and played collegially in Pitt. White says Donald lives in town out of season.