The attorney for Riquan James, the man who says he was assaulted by Maurkice and Mike Pouncey at a bar over the weekend, held a news conference Tuesday to announce a lawsuit against the twin brothers and NFL players. But Miami Beach Police are still waiting for James to give them his version of events.
“We need them to come forward and speak to investigators,” Sgt. Bobby Hernandez told the Miami Herald. “We've been anxiously awaiting that since they made the allegations on Saturday.”
Meanwhile, the Pounceys' attorney, Jeff Ostrow, calls the allegations "lies."
“Mike and Maurkice were not involved in any altercation with the accuser or anyone else that night and did nothing wrong,” Ostrow told the Herald in a statement. “It appears that the accuser is an opportunist seeking attention and possible financial gain. Any attempt by the accuser or anyone else to bring an action against them based upon these false allegations will be vigorously defended. If the accuser continues to perpetuate these lies, we will bring an action against him.”
Still, James and two others -- Niya Pickett, 32, and Brentley Williams, 24 -- plan to move ahead with the lawsuit. They have hired personal injury attorney Marwan Porter, who said, “This kind of conduct cannot be tolerated. These are big men. They cannot conduct themselves in this manner. They think they can get a free pass.”
The Pounceys, who played at the University of Florida, were celebrating their birthday at the Cameo Nightclub in Miami Beach Friday night. Mike Pouncey now plays for the Dolphins and Maurkice is a member of the Steelers.