Report: Three Men Accused Of Stabbing Steelers T Mike Adams Found Not Guilty

According to KDKA-TV, the jury has found the three men accused of stabbing and assaulting Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Mike Adams last summer not guilty.

During the trial, the defense for the three accused men claimed that Adams was stumbling around drunk and started the incident when he bumped into one of the men, causing him to drop his food.

In addition, Adams was accused of changing his side of the story several times since the incident took place. The defense stated that Adams had every reason to lie about what happened that early morning in order to keep him out of hot water with the Steelers.

During the trial, a surprise witness testified that Adams was daring one of the accused to hit him.

Adams was reportedly stabbed a short time after the incident began and required emergency surgery as a result.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the jury found one of the accused, Jerrell Whitlock, not guilty of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, attempted robbery and conspiracy. He was, however convicted of fleeing from police. The jury also found the two other accused men, Michael Paranay and Dquay Means not guilty of aggravated assault, attempted robbery and conspiracy.

  • scott2443

    fantom did the stabing …i guess he dont just go to opera….i guess the jury didnt like adams play makeing.

  • ciscoNoDrink

    U.S. Justice never surprises me.

  • Matt Manzo

    So are they saying the stabbing was in self defense?

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I see. So if someone dares me to hit them I can stab them.

    Is that part of stand your ground or were the stabbers white?

  • Jason Brant

    I see the ‘He started it!’ defense getting a lot of use in attempted murder cases from now on…

  • tim

    Didn’t they take the truck?? That’s not robbery? ?

  • NimbusHex

    Apparently “he had it coming” is a valid defense for a stabbing case.

  • DocWllk

    Ok so if a big drunk dude bumps into someone and talks some smack they can legally be stabbed and robbed. That makes no sense at all.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Interesting to see how this speaks to the character of M. Adams after having provided false information to the event that occurred. If his play on the field does not take a 180 degree turn for the better this season his days as a Steeler may very well be numbered. Here’s a guy with KNOWN character issues going into the draft and this organization takes a HUUUUGE gamble with a 2nd rd pick that in my opinion has not paid a dividend.

  • Justin Barlow

    Adams likely changed his story because he couldnt remember it, but either way its not exactly a bright day for him that a defense attorney can discredit his character enough for a guy to get away with stabbing him.

  • Addison

    I work in a ER and have drunks come in all the time a 1/4 of Adams size and it takes several people to consult them. I don’t know how drunk and out of control Adams was but I might of done the same in self defense. Another loser from the 2012 draft. Then again I don’t think the 3 are pittsburghs finest either.

  • Addison

    I think Adams made that story up

  • 20Stoney

    I’ve been known to give him the benefit of the doubt for his poor play due lack of camp time and flipping him to left tackle, but you are right. He better put up this year, or it looks like another wasted high pick. They definitely don’t put the same value on character that they used to.

  • Jason

    Maybe the jury should have watched some game film of Adams and realized just because he was stumbling around like a bufoon doesn’t mean he was drunk, it’s just what he does.

  • Matt Manzo

    Anyone think he gets punished by the team after all this? Other than a very short leash?

  • joed32

    In what way would they punish him? A fine, a suspension? I’m not sure how much they can do.

  • scott2443

    lol good 1

  • nicolaisim

    “Adams’ contract was placed into evidence, as the defense attempted to
    show the jury he was already on thin ice with the team, after having
    failed a drug test during the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine.”

    Are you kidding me? That’s just outright wrong. For them to make that point would be an insult to my intelligence if I sat as a juror.

  • nicolaisim

    Tried to break in..

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Have I ever been drunk? Have I ever spilled a drink? Has anyone ever spilled a drink on me? Maybe some messy food? Somehow no one ever got stabbed or shot! Was there ever a girl involved? God forbid there was a girl involved because someone would have died that night!

    From the sounds of things, Adams does something stupid and there’s people thinking it would be okay to stab him. Then they get away with it. What precedent does this send? I suppose lots more people are going to be getting away with murder.

  • Matt Manzo

    I’m just confused by the whole thing! Did he do something wrong? Or was be just wrong place wrong time? Did he lie about the story to cover himself?
    All of it seems like just accusations yet these guys got off?
    I think a “short leash” is all that’s called for in a punishment.

  • 70’s Fan

    You just gotta make it about race, don’t you? Hate much?

  • walter mason

    Bad comment. You know it never even occured to me that Adams is black. I just dont think that way.

  • walter mason

    You cant lie about one thing and then expect a jury to believe you on another. It enters doubt. Its a shame that they werent able to convict..

  • Wing t

    Send a message and cut him. He’s not very good anyways. Still baffled how somebody stabs another man and gets nothing for it.

  • mlc43

    What a flipping idiot. Why do you have to make it about race? Go get a life somewhere.

  • WilliamSekinger

    That verdict unfortunately is more of a reflection of the sad state of affairs America is in.

    Adams could have very well been drunk and belligerent. Rude and obnoxious. Stumbling and knocking food out of people’s hands. All that still doesn’t just erase the fact that Adams was stabbed. Find not guilty on most everything they were charged with if you like, but you can not just say the stabbing didn’t happen, which is what this jury just said.

    At the very least Jerrell Whitlock should have been convicted of aggravated assault or assault with a deadly weapon and concealing that weapon, Whomever punched Adams in the face should have been convicted of simple assault at the very least.

    Very sad state of affairs indeed.

  • Chris Ranieri

    Yeah get this garbage out of here.


    Some of my best friends are stabbers. (Don’t know what that implies…. just sounded funny)

  • Nick Sabatella

    So he wasn’t stabbed then? O wait….. because he dared someone to punch him in the face…. getting stabbed becomes okay? I don’t understand that logic one bit. There was no talk that Adams was beating the stuffing out of any one of these guys which justified the use of a knife, a deadly weapon. I guess they were so scared of him they decided to steal his phone too…..

  • patrick Mayfield

    stab him

  • patrick Mayfield

    They’re not saying there wasn’t a crime committed, They’re saying the defendant couldn’t be proven to do it. So either they didn’t have enough evidence (sober credible witness for example) and the guy got away with it or the stabber is still on the loose.

  • patrick Mayfield

    what if the police pick me up for your crime? am I guilty? All this on top of losing my shish kabob!

  • Eric MacLaurin

    It’s hard to tell if you guys have a reason I’m wrong, are sensitive to racists or feel accused.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    So the finding was that the attacker is still at large and these guys didn’t do it?

    Not guilty is something completely different BTW so don’t say that is an assumption you can make simply from a not guilty verdict.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Its a bad comment because you don’t think that way?

    Are you the stabber?

  • Eric MacLaurin


  • RedCarpetDefense

    I’m not sure it would be punishment but considering the situation he put/found himself coupled with his underwhelming performance on the field, I think the Steelers would strongly consider if they haven’t already, looking for his (and Gilbert’s) replacement in the upcoming draft. Looks like his promise to “do good” to the organization came with a time contingency.

  • patrick Mayfield

    “say the stabbing didn’t happen, which is what this jury just said.”

    the jury said the defendant couldn’t be proven to stab him. You know they have to prove this stuff right? guy might be innocent or lucky.

  • mlc43

    No, I don’t feel particularly accused. I think people, ALL, people should be getting tired of people trying to make a race problem out of everything. This situation sounds like it happened because everyone involved was an idiot, not racist. Grow up, quit trolling, and have a nice day.

  • steelster

    dumb player, dumb thugs and dumb jury.

  • ja50n777

    what is wrong w our world? i dont care what Adams did, unless he touched one of the men. THEY STABBED SOMEONE!!! They didnt walk away or run, they stabbed someone and then ran f the police. Our world is a mess.

  • Weiss Chad

    Isn’t it a crime to give false info to cops?Very strange…

  • T R

    This is bout only comment i agree with under this … how can your character be discredited so bad that you can just get away with stabbing someone. I mean at least it should be a some type of delibrate stabbing charge if it was not in self defense. as it doesn’t appear Adams hit the dude first. talking smack is not a reason you can use the self defense card. you can walk away from talking smack.

  • T R

    lie or not someone still got stabbed. so was the trial proving that neither one of these guys stabbed him and another guy is lose. or did they discredit his character enough to “say he deserved to be stab”. Completely unbelievABLE.. justice system at its finiest hour.

  • T R

    yea this is true. But it also after thinking about this. It also could have been Adam’s lawyer that brought up the wrong charges on the guy who actual stabbed him. .. Not a law professor, but don’t see how they just go away with no charges at all. Not guilty of 1st degree murder (whatever high charge they was on trial for) but they should have at least be charge with assault with deadly weapon or welding a deadly weapon in person.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    The team punishes Big Ben every time Adams plays. Replace him with an undrafted, nice looking potted plant…I’m certain if positioned properly the plant would cause more resistance to pass rusher. Steelers should trade this year’s #2 pick for some fertilizer and a gardener.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Pretty easy to call Adams’ character into question…dude has been Steeling a paycheck from the Steelers ever since he was drafted.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    That’s a little sick.

    You are tired of a group of people that complain about abuse and think we should all agree they should stop complaining?

    A black person is stabbed and they let the guy who did it go but it’s rude and insensitive to your feelings to even mention race might be an issue?

    That is seriously twisted.

  • mlc43

    Whatever dude. Your just an inciter. Have a good day and enjoy being an idiotic troll.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I Inciter of conversation in a comment section?

    I’m guessing you feel very comfortable talking about your problems. When you learn how to listen to other peoples problems without feeling the need to make a concerted effort to shut them up you’ll be an adult.

    It’s OK to ignore someone that makes you feel uncomfortable but trying to police them isn’t.

    May you have a nice day enjoying your freedoms rather than restricting others.

  • mlc43

    Again. Whatever. We both know exactly what you were doing and so does everyone else. That’s why your feedback to your comment is overwhelmingly negative. I’m done with you and will not respond to you again. Feel free to rant on and on and on and on, though. Get that last rant in so you can feel better. I wouldn’t want to restrict you from continuing your idiocy. Troll on my friend….troll on.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    What I did was post what came to mind. The only one “doing” anything here is you with your attempt to stop me from saying what I want to say.

    Thank you for permission to speak without any further insults.

    I’m not too worried that most of the people motivated to express an opinion express something negative. My comment wouldn’t really be noticed by someone who didn’t take it personally.

  • patrick Mayfield

    You seem to think the criminal court is a general fact finding investigation. That’s the job of the police not the courts. The prosecution charges the defense and the defendants defend. If they don’t get convicted then technically it’s an unsolved crime.

    You have apparently assumed that the police got the right guy. The DA thought he had evidence to prosecute. Misjudged apparently. Courts said you couldn’t say he definitely stabbed him.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they followed after this and jumped him later. Probably never know.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I haven’t assumed anything.

    My point to you was exactly that the court was NOT a fact finding body which was why the fact that the defendant was not found guilty means nothing about his guilt or innocence in an absolute sense. The truth and the courts aren’t the same thing and you can’t say they might have arrested the wrong man just because he wasn’t found guilty. You can in a strictly legal sense but not from the standpoint of impirical truth.

  • walter mason

    Racism goes both ways. Sadly the only racism portrayed here is from you Eric.

  • walter mason

    I honestly dont look at people as black, white, red, brown or otherwise. And the thought that Adams is black or the stabber was white never occured to me and I doubt it ever entered into the minds of the jury. But its very obvious that it is on your mind and thats sad. I have no idea if the stabber was black or white. All I know is unfortunately he wasnt convicted. Obviously you have black/white issues and I hope someday you will change and look at people for what they are and not the color of their skin, like the rest of us. Take care …

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Asking if the defendants were White is racism?

    Why do you believe that wondering about racial implications is racist? I don’t get it.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    You don’t think a lot of people are racist?

    You are either wonderfully sheltered, woefully ignorant or a liar.

    I fear that the rest of us is a very white group of people.

  • walter mason

    Eric I seriously doubt the jury failed to convict because the defendants were white and the victim was black. Do you really think this way?

    Yes I think the defendants (the bad guys) were white but I dont really know. Does it matter?

  • Eric MacLaurin

    It depends on the meaning of your question.

    I think it is possible for a jury to be swayed by racism.

    I don’t even know the race of the attackers so I certainly don’t think anything about this specific case. That’s why I asked.

  • walter mason

    Actually I do not lead a sheltered life. I realize racism is alive and well in neighborhoods like the one you live in. But we all need to do our share to stamp out racism online and wherever it tries to breed.

  • walter mason

    I havent heard anything about the jury being swayed by race. How do you know the jury wasnt a black majority?

  • Eric MacLaurin

    The attackers could be black for all I know.

    Read much?

  • walter mason

    “The attackers could be black for all I know.

    Read much?” quote eric

    If Adams is black and the stabber is black, what is your beef?

  • Eric MacLaurin

    And stomping it out means shutting up anyone that mentions it? Isn’t that sort of opposite of your alleged goal?

  • Eric MacLaurin

    The way people have been responding to my post is my beef.

    I used 4-5 words to suggest questionable results & asked about a possible racial angle to the problem.

    People with very confusing motivations have chosen to attack

    I’ve chosen to respond.

  • patrick Mayfield

    maybe you mean empirical truth?

    You said this: “I see. So if someone dares me to hit them I can stab them.”.

    It follows logically that you think (i.e. assumed) the defendant was guilty of something like agravated assault with a deadly weapon which you see as an outrage. if you think it’s not known if he committed the crime, I fail to see why you would write that. You clearly assumed that he’s guilty but the state didn’t have the burden of proof.

  • Eric MacLaurin


    Logical assumption is a reach. Outrage? Did I double up on punctuation marks or something?

    I read the post we are commenting on where a famous man was stabbed, there was no conviction and things like the victim dared the defendant to hit him are mentioned with little other information. This article is about someone who was stabbed and supposedly dared the suspect to hit him and no one was guilty. You really can’t see how those facts were combined in my comment and feel the need to made wild assumptions to understand my point?

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Instead of deleting comments you should resist the need to insult peoples comments in the first place. It’s really not your place to police the boards and they have an arrow system to vote on posts you don’t want to argue with but with which you disagree.

    Suggesting the possibility of racism in a case like this isn’t worthy of insults or accusations. A cause doesn’t have to be yours to gain your approval be allowed expression.

  • patrick Mayfield

    My point is and has always been that you think the defendant is guilty irrespective of the outcome of the trial.

    Clearly the jury disagrees with you but what do they know.

    I’m done here.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    And my response is and always has been I have no idea if he is guilty of actually committing the act but I’m very aware he was found not guilty.

    You seem to have great difficulty with the seperation of conviction and truth. Do you think the jury ruling is proof that he did or didn’t do anything? Trial is a punishment negotiation system and is designed to ignore truth for protocol.

    I can’t believe you came here and argued with the sole intent of telling me what I think but…ok

  • walter mason

    OK. My bad. Have a good day. Im moving on.

  • walter mason

    Im guessing Adams was not able to identify the stabber or he was discredited enough that created doubt and the jury didnt believe him.

  • Arizona living

    Everyone saying, “but a stabbing still happened,” needs to remember that stabbing a person is legal, if it is in self defense. That self defense also doesn’t have to be proven. The state has to PROVE that there was no self defense, and prove it BEYOND a reasonable doubt.

    Until that happens, in the eyes of the law according to the US constitution, the defendants are innocent. As much as I don’t like one of my players for my team being stabbed, I have a bigger concern with someone who would be found guilty of a crime because they were defending themselves, but it wasn’t absolutely provable that they were.