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Starting off the season with legal woes is as close to worst-case scenario as it can get. For center Maurkice Pouncey, the last thing he needed coming off a season-ending injury the year before was this.
According to documents obtained by 940 WINZ radio personality Andy Slater, Pouncey and his brother Mike, a center for the Miami Dolphins, have been listed in a lawsuit reporting they assaulted three people in a Miami nightclub on July 12.
However, Pouncey contends adamantly that he and his brother did nothing wrong. And they believe that this will all pass without incident or punishment. Brown of ESPN.com wrote that Pouncey was prepared for trouble with this outing and was prepared:
We hired our own ex-police officer to go out with us the entire time and for something like this to happen is truly unbelievable. I just want to apologize to any fans that take this the wrong way. For people to say bad things, it [stinks], but sometimes you've got to deal with that in life and move on.
This is a real "good news and bad news" situation for Pouncey and the Steelers. The good news is it really seems like nothing is going to come of this from a disciplinary standpoint. Which is good news when you consider that Pouncey got a five-year extension worth $44 million.
The bad news is this is going to linger. And things like this that linger tend to be a distraction. Hopefully, Pouncey and the rest of the Steelers can remain focused on the job at hand and not let this incident get in the way of the larger goal of returning to the playoffs.