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Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey won't be charged Friday

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Maurkice Pouncey signed a new long-term contract in June. (USATSI)
Maurkice Pouncey signed a long-term contract in June. (USATSI)

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On Thursday, the Miami Herald reported that Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey -- but not his brother, Mike -- would be charged with misdemeanor battery following an alleged nightclub assault in Miami last month. By Friday, the State Attorney's Office says it's not yet ready to pursue the charge.

“I guarantee you there won't be a charge today,” Ed Griffith, a spokesman for the State Attorney's Office, told the Herald's Adam Beasley. “We will be reviewing all of the evidence from the police, as well as any evidence presented by attorneys of the related parties.”

Jeff Ostrow, the Pounceys' attorney, said Thursday, "From what we've discovered, the evidence supporting the battery claims is flimsy, at best."

Whatever legal fate awaits Maurkice, who signed a signed a five-year, $44 million extension in June, Mike, who plays for the Dolphins, appears to be in the clear.

Last week, Maurkice Pouncey addressed reporters about the suit, which claims that he and his brother used homophobic slurs before beating a man and a woman at a Miami nightclub.

"The only thing that sucks about it is that I tried to keep a clean nose throughout the process this year. Having to deal with this, sucks, it truly does," he said. "Even for the birthday party (at the nightclub), we hired our own retired police officer to go out with us. For something like to this to happen is truly unbelievable. I just want to take the time to apologize to the the fans who take this the wrong way. You guys all know me and know the person I am. For people to say bad things about me, that sucks. But sometimes you've got to deal with bad things in life and move on."

Meanwhile, Beasley notes that since the charge would be a misdemeanor there are limits as to what the police can do. " For instance," Beasley writes, "they won't go after Pouncey, a center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, while he's in Pennsylvania. However, he would have to deal with the issue whenever it is he returns to South Florida."

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