Attorney of man who accused Aaron Donald of assault apologizes

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The attorney of DeVincent Spriggs, who accused Aaron Donald of assaulting him last weekend, has issued an apology after surveillance video of the incident surfaced Friday. Todd Hollis, Spriggs’ attorney, says it clearly was not Donald who left his client with several injuries outside a party in Pittsburgh on April 11.

“I wanted to make this statement public. And to extend an apology to Aaron for what he’s gone through, but I clearly know this was not him,” Hollis said in a statement to KDKA in Pittsburgh.

The video appeared to show Donald coming to Spriggs’ aid as he was being beaten by others, pushing people away from him to break up the fight. The altercation occurred after Spriggs allegedly swung a liquor bottle at Donald’s head, which is when those around Donald came to his defense.

Donald’s attorney, Casey White, said in a radio interview Friday that Donald “actually saved Mr. Spriggs from further injury.”

“There’s no dispute that Mr. Spriggs is injured, but the other people that were there were responsible, I guess, for protecting Mr. Donald and in turn, caused the injuries to Mr. Spriggs,” White said. “He does get punched, he does get slammed, he does get kicked in the head. It’s violent, but the whole time, Mr. Donald, Aaron is being restrained.”

White also said Pittsburgh police told him they agreed that the video evidence did not show Donald assaulting Spriggs. The full video of the incident was not made public, but a part of it was released Friday.

Rams players seemed to come to Donald’s defense Friday after White provided video evidence of the altercation, with David Long Jr. sharing the following message on Twitter. It was quote tweeted by Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Jordan Fuller.

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Donald also shared Terrelle Pryor’s post on his Instagram story, as seen below.

Donald, a Pittsburgh native, typically trains there in the offseason. He’s spent his entire seven-year career thus far with the Rams and is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year.

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