Aaron Donald’s attorney is giving the Rams star’s side of the story after the NFL Defensive Player of the Year was accused of assaulting a man at a party in Pittsburgh.
DeVincent Spriggs, 26, filed a criminal complaint with Pittsburgh police Wednesday, alleging Donald, 29, assaulted him early Sunday morning, causing face and arm injuries.
Attorney Casey White, representing Donald, told Pittsburgh TV and radio stations Friday that surveillance video shows other people attacking Spriggs on the street outside the party and Donald trying to stop them before the player is pulled away by someone else.
“He actually saves Mr. Spriggs from further injury,” White told KDKA FM-93.7.
A 20-second surveillance video clip posted by WPXI TV appears to show what White is talking about.
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Surveillance video appears to show #NFL star Aaron Donald run over and try to break up assault. 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
The Southern California News Group has sought further information from White.
Spriggs’ attorney, Todd Hollis, told KDKA on Wednesday that Donald committed an “unprovoked attack.”
Donald’s attorney told a different story.
White told KDKA the incident started at about 3 a.m. Sunday when an apparently intoxicated Spriggs jabbed Donald in the back and acted aggressive toward him inside the party, and escalated after Spriggs swung a bottle at Donald outside, grazing his head.
Pittsburgh police said Wednesday they were investigating the incident and consulting with the district attorney’s office about whether charges were warranted.
White said he didn’t expect Donald to be charged with a crime.
Donald was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year for a record-tying third time and earned All-Pro honors for a franchise-record sixth time after leading the Rams’ league-leading defense with 13-1/2 sacks in 2020.
He is beginning the third year of a six-year contract worth $135 million.
Donald grew up in Pittsburgh’s Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar neighborhood and played at Pitt, and spends offseasons in the city.
The Rams said Wednesday they were “aware” of reports of the accusation against Donald.
“We are collecting more information and will have no further comment at this time,” the team said in a statement.