Mike and Maurkice Pouncey Facing Lawsuit over Alleged Nightclub Assault

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Mike and Maurkice Pouncey Facing Lawsuit over Alleged Nightclub Assault
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Updates from Friday, August 8

Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post has the latest update on the Pounceys' case:

Updates from Thursday, Aug. 7

Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald has the latest information regarding Mike and Maurkice Pouncey's nightclub assault lawsuit:

Updates from Saturday, July 26

Scott Brown of ESPN provides comments from Maurkice Pouncey:

Maurkice Pouncey denied having any involvement in assaults that allegedly occurred at a South Beach nightclub earlier this month during a birthday party for the Pittsburgh Steelers center and his twin brother Mike.

"Any time I've made a mistake in my NFL career I've admitted to it," Maurkice Pouncey said Saturday, prior to the Steelers' first practice of training camp. "For something like this to happen and have no involvement is upsetting and hurtful to me and it's on my mind like crazy."

Original Text:

Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey are facing a civil lawsuit after an alleged altercation at a nightclub in Miami. 

According to Andy Slater of 940 WINZ radio in Miami, who obtained a copy of the lawsuit, the Pouncey brothers allegedly got into a skirmish with three people at the Cameo Nightclub on July 12:

The twins are alleged to have assaulted Riquan James, Brentley Williams and Niya Pickett in an incident at Cameo Nightclub on July 12th. In the lawsuit, it's alleged that the Pounceys punched, kicked, and hit James after using gay slurs towards him.

Amanda Batchelor of Local10.com provided more details about the lawsuit, including what the alleged victims are seeking:

The victims are seeking $15,000 combined.

A worker from the club, who wanted to remain anonymous, told Local 10 that he saw the Pounceys a few tables away from the altercation, but said they were not involved.

Ricky James, named on the lawsuit as Riquan James, talked about the alleged incident for NBC 6 in Miami on July 15:

Vasquez said in a phone interview with NBC 6 that the Pouncey brothers started taunting him in the VIP section.

"From there, somebody grabbed me and I got hit," Vasquez said. "Somebody lifted me up and dragged me out of the club. I was being beat up, I was getting punched and kicked. A bottle hit me."

The Pouncey twins have been no strangers to controversy throughout their NFL careers. They wore "Free Hernandez" hats, via Kevin Patra of NFL.com, to support former New England Patriots tight end, and their former teammate at the University of Florida, Aaron Hernandez after he was arrested and charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Mike underwent hip surgery on June 23 and, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, could miss the first seven games of the regular season. 

Maurkice signed a five-year contract extension with the Steelers in June that will pay him a total of $48 million through 2019. 

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