A civil lawsuit has been filed against Dolphins Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey and his twin brother, Maurkice, alleging they used homophobic slurs before beating a man and a woman at Cameo Nightclub in Miami Beach earlier this month.
The lawsuit, filed in Miami-Dade County and first reported by 940-AM, claims the Pounceys, their security detail and their entourage attacked Riquan James and Niya Pickett at Cameo at approximately 4:20 a.m. on July 12 while the Pounceys were hosting their birthday celebration.
Miami Beach police spokesman Vivian Thayer said the case remains "open and under investigation." No criminal charges have been filed.
The civil suit alleges "due to his sexual orientation and preference, James was addressed with derogatory and homophobic and anti gay slurs" by the Pounceys, their security detail and members of their entourage. The suit alleges the Pounceys then began shoving James, and when he asked them to stop Maurkice punched him in the face several times and then Maurkice, Mike, their entourage began to punch, kick and hit James while he was on the ground in the fetal position.
The suit says when Pickett, the female, intervened to break up the fight, Maurkice punched her in the face and knocked her unconscious. The suit says James and Pickett were beaten and eventually thrown around the club, bumping into the third plaintiff, Brentley Williams, causing bruises over a great extent of her body and a laceration on her right leg that required stitches to close.
Marwan Porter, the attorney for all three plaintiffs, said he has "more than a few" witnesses to corroborate his clients' version of the story.
Porter said this isn't a money grab.
"In terms of monetary that's not the first thing on their minds, it's really not," Porter said. "They want them to be held accountable. "
What does that mean?
"First and foremost they want the proper criminal charges to be brought," Porter said. "On the civil side if they have damages and need treatment for those damages they want them to be held accountable for that as well. ... These are 6-foot-5, 300-pound giants. They cannot go around knocking people out, especially people half their size. And women."
Dolphins owner Steve Ross, asked about Pouncey on Friday, before it was known the civil suit was filed.
"I don't think I know enough facts," Ross said of the nightclub incident. "It's been reported that he had nothing to do with it. I don't know. I think they're investigating it so I can't really comment on it from that standpoint.
"I like Mike Pouncey and I have a lot of confidence in Mike Pouncey. And what's happened, I can't really comment on that ... he's a great ballplayer, we all know that. I think he's a leader, I think he has a lot of potential. He's a young kid and I think he's growing and maturing."
Since last July, Pouncey has been involved in a number of high-profile situations including being implicated in the bullying scandal, being served with a subpoena to testify before a grand jury in the murder case against former New England tight end Aaron Hernandez, and sending a joking but ill-advised tweet referencing rookie hazing after the Dolphins selected right tackle Ja'Wuan James in the first round of this year's draft.
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