Man who accused Rams’ Aaron Donald of assault backpedals on claim, offers apology

De'Vincent Spriggs, the man who accused Los Angeles Rams star

De’Vincent Spriggs, the man who accused Los Angeles Rams star defensive lineman Aaron Donald of assaulting him, offered a public apology on Saturday through his attorney — taking back his claim from last Sunday.

Spriggs’ attorney, Todd Hollis, issued a statement noting that Spriggs mistook Donald during a fight on Pittsburgh’s South Side.

The statement read: “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.”

The 26-year-old Spriggs filed a criminal complaint on Sunday with the Pittsburgh police, according to Hollis. Spriggs provided an initial account of the alleged attack during which he suffered 16 stiches to the head, a broken eye socket, a broken nose, a sprained or broken arm and a concussion during. He initially claimed he was assaulted by Donald and several others.

Donald’s lawyer, Casey White, appeared on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh on Friday morning and denied the claims against his client, citing surveillance video. White said Donald actually helped his accuser and saved him from further injury.

“He actually saved Mr. Spriggs from further injury,” White said. “It’s fantastic, from a defense attorney’s perspective.”

White said Spriggs was intoxicated and initiated the altercation in an alleyway — first throwing a bottle at Donald’s head — when several of Donald’s supporters were defending Donald in attacking Spriggs.

“(Spriggs) does get punched, he does get slammed, he does get kicked in the head,” White detailed. “It’s violent, but the whole time, Mr. Donald, Aaron is being restrained.”

Hollis initially said before the surveillance video went public that he spoke to witnesses who corroborated details of the incident that allegedly took place at about 3 a.m. Sunday at a nightclub on East Carson Street in Pittsburgh’s South Side.

“(Spriggs) was in the nightclub and he accidentally bumped into Mr. Donald,’’ Hollis told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. “Mr. Donald believed that he (Spriggs) bumped into him very hard. Mr. Spriggs apologized. That didn’t satisfy Mr. Donald. There was an incident that followed.

“The young men were asked to leave the club. Both did. After my client exited the club, he attempted to leave. He was stopped by Mr. Donald, allegedly punched by Mr. Donald in concert with other individuals that were part of Mr. Donald’s group.”

Hollis said Spriggs was taken by a friend to a hospital for treatment and Hollis released a photo that showed Spriggs with facial injuries and swelling.

The lawyer for Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald said Friday that witnesses and surveillance video refute a man’s claim the player assaulted him at a Pittsburgh nightclub last weekend.

Attorney Casey White told WPXI-TV that the video indicates Donald did not assault anyone but was trying to save the victim, De’Vincent Spriggs.

The station aired black-and-white video that shows about a dozen men and a melee in which one man, purportedly Spriggs, ended up on the ground. White says Donald is in the video, pulling someone away from the fight.

“Aaron’s like, ‘I don’t have anything to hide, let’s go to police, let’s do what we’ve got to do. Because all I want to do is go to the weight room, work out and not be bothered with this,’” White told the station.

White told ESPN that five witnesses say Donald helped pull people away.

“He’s trying to get these kids off Spriggs; He gets at least two or three people off of Spriggs and at that point in time, somebody grabs Aaron and says, ‘This is not a good situation, let’s get the heck out of here,’” White told ESPN.

A message seeking further comment was left for White.

Spriggs’ lawyer Todd J. Hollis has said Donald and others assaulted Spriggs, causing multiple injuries that required hospital treatment.

Spriggs, 26, filed a complaint on Wednesday with Pittsburgh police, who are investigating. No charges have been filed.

Hollis’ office said Friday he had no comment on the video or White’s statements.

White said Spriggs had earlier jabbed Donald with his elbow and swung a liquor bottle that grazed Donald’s face, and that Donald did not fight back.

“He turned around and it’s this Mr. Spriggs … and Aaron goes, ‘What’s up?’ and Mr. Spriggs starts yelling belligerently, ‘Did I mean to? Did I mean to?’ He keeps repeating, it’s kind of nonsensical, but he keeps yelling, ‘Did I mean to?’ It’s apparent to Aaron and it’s apparent to all the witnesses that (Spriggs) is intoxicated,” White told ESPN.