One Of Three Men Acquitted Of Stabbing Steelers Mike Adams Has Filed A Civil Suit

The legal problems for Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Mike Adams aren’t behind him just yet.

Alan Jennings of WPXI-TV reports Tuesday that one of the three men acquitted earlier this month of stabbing Adams during an altercation in South Side last summer has now filed a civil suit against the Steelers tackle.

Dquay Means is reportedly seeking damages for the emotional distress that he endured during his 11 months behind bars awaiting trial. Adams is being sued for malicious prosecution.

Even though Adams was stabbed during the incident, the jury ultimately decided that the altercation between all involved parties was not an attempted carjacking as Adams had claimed, but instead a result of an intoxicated Adams bumping into one of the three accused men, causing him to drop his food.

The report by Jennings does not state how much Means is looking for in the way of damages and we can probably expect the other two men that were acquitted to file civil suits in the near future as well.

  • Jacque Strappe

    Ah, the deep pockets theory.

  • Eric MacLaurin


    Hoping for the same jury that convicted the homeowner when the burgler got hurt.

    This is what happens when a jury fails to convict a guilty person for a technical reason.

  • Paddy

    Well Adams has every right to sue them as well, just because they got away with stabbing a man doesn’t mean they get off scott free. Unfortunately they don’t have a pot to pee in.

  • Steve

    Means was “Brought to his knees” in jail after them finding out he had stabbed a Steeler.

  • colingrant

    Perhaps so, but the fact is he spent nearly a year in jail. That’s as legitimate of an emotional stress infliction as is possible.

  • patrick Mayfield

    I thought the jails were full of bengal fans?

  • 20Stoney

    Unbelievable. He gets stabbed AND sued. I bet Adams really wishes he would have stayed home that night.

  • Steve

    They are, these guys were cheering Means on.

  • PA2AK

    Some of the best learned lessons are had through experience.

  • steeltown


  • blackandgoldBullion

    More lawyers in the US than anywhere else by a LONG shot. It seems they always find work, as they just need to ARGUE the case. It is not necessary to win the argument.

  • Big White

    This guy shouldn’t sue Adams, he should emulate him. All he needs to do is fail his next drug test via his employer, get fired, then go tell the Rooney’s that he always wanted to be a Steeler and get a fat contract to be a bum.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    His food fell. $10 worth of food that your waiter would have replaced if you asked. No. Let’s fight. We got 3 guys, knives, guns. I don’t care how big that guy is, nobody flocks with ME! Brilliant! And now he has the audacity to sue the guy that got stabbed.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Adams didn’t put him in jail.

    Sue the police if you’ve get jailed improperly.

  • Iron Cadet

    This is rediculous. Your defense was that you stabbed him because he made you drop your food. If anyone has emotional distress it’s the guy that was sent to the hospital

  • dave

    Adams had his share of blame in this case and despite Colbert’s endorsement I doubt he is on the 2014 team.

  • hang your head in shame

  • What blame, you don’t go out? Do you deserved to be stabbed because you bumped someone? hang your head in shame with Dave

  • Pure BS. Them getting off was bad enough. Regardless of who started it, Adams didn’t stab anyone. Suing someone for letting the legal process take it’s course? Our judicial system is a joke.

  • Adams didn’t charge him. Adams didn’t prosecute him. And nowhere did the courts find that he was wrongfully accused.

  • colingrant

    This is the U.S. Judicial system. Police don’t keep people in jail. They only have the powers to put them in initially.

  • That would be the reason why I didn’t say anything about the police keeping him in jail.

    You yourself just said the courts are the ones that kept him in jail, yet you seem to think he has a case against Adams for being kept in jail…

  • Jacque Strappe

    No dude, Bengals. Not Bengal fans.

  • Jacque Strappe

    Perhaps, but the case hasn’t even been heard yet. I’d hold out blame until this case has been heard. Adams has some culpibility in this, no doubt. If the fight was of his making, bet he settles out of court.

  • colingrant

    No not at all. I don’t even know why I commented. 🙂 I hope he doesn’t have a case against Adams. I’m laughing at myself here because I purposely stay clear of this non football stuff. It’s my own fault for posting, although to be clear, I hope he has no case or grievance in theory or reality against Adams. Number 2, and please understand me, I do not know enough about this case, nor do I care who has legal leverage, but any time a person is jailed wrongly, or mistakenly for 11 months, ………that’s a very, very tough situation.

  • It doesn’t matter if he is culpable in the fight, he isn’t the one that kept them in jail. If the suit is about wrongful imprisonment, he should be suing the county, not Adams.

  • Your post is bad and you should feel bad.

  • I agree that being wrongfully imprisoned is horrible, though them being acquitted technically doesn’t mean they were innocent.

    Adams will probably end up having to pay him to go away, which is a shame.

  • walter mason

    If someone were to use a lethal weapon against myself, I would have had no choice but to shoot him and there would be nobody left alive to sue me.

  • Jacque Strappe

    IF this was a criminal trial, which he just endured, you’d be correct. However, a civil trial doesn’t base it’s findings solely on physical evidence. This could go poorly for Adams if it goes to court.

  • Biggie

    Wow so not only is it ok to stab someone now you can sue them, WTF. Ridiculous and Jury should be behind bars for this. I don’t care who started it. Took 11 months to get this to trial and that is supposed to be Adams fault. Guys just looking for a payday and nothing more, fault of legal system period. He should be in jail still.

  • I am not talking about physical evidence, I am talking about the actual complaint. Any evidence presented has to fit into the stated complaint, they can’t just throw anything out there and hope it sticks.

  • Jacque Strappe

    I don’t disagree with you one bit.

  • Jacque Strappe

    He filed suit that the actions of Adams landed him in jail for 11 months. What are you talking about? If the court finds that indeed Adams actions resulted in the situation described in the suit, then punitive damages can be awarded. It has nothing to do with the judgement of the previous criminal case. Or do I misunderstand your point?

  • Big White


  • Big White


  • I am not referring to the outcome of the criminal trial at all. I am well aware of the differences between the two. I am saying that regardless of what precipitated the fight, Adams didn’t put Means in jail. The stabbing, and the county’s case against him did. I understand that the case was based largely on witness testimony (likely why they got off since witnesses are such unreliable evidence), but there is a fine line between the claims of the case and the idea that he should get restitution for being jailed and then acquitted as part of the criminal judiciary process.

  • So articulate.

  • Big White

    Where in the world is your and Dr. Doom’s sense of humor? It was a good joke, well thought out, use of sarcasm and irony was excellent. Why be such stiffs?

  • I could say the same, unless you’ve never seen an episode of Futurama or heard of the meme. 🙂

  • Jacque Strappe

    I know it seems like I’m arguing, and I don’t want it to seem that way because I agree with you. My point is simply that if a court finds that it’s the direct fault of Adams that the man was jailed, they are more than able to award a punitive award to the plaintiff. It doesn’t matter who jailed him, how long it took to get to trial, none of that. It only matters if it’s found that the imprisonment was directly caused by Adams’ actions. Not the city, county, state or any other gov’t entity. Again, I would say it’s likely he settles this one out of court. And if that happens, there will be 2 more open mouths in the nest that will require feeding. I hope not, but I wouldn’t be one bit surprised.

  • I know, it comes down to what the civil jury decides, and they won’t understand the distinction most likely.


    Or had a designated driver like Hines Ward or Ta’Amu.

  • 412 Central

    Im suing a roach just because he took a bite from my sandwich. -_- You know if Mike adams was a Pro bowler this dude would be in jail for 2 years

  • Matt Manzo

    Did anyone ever get accused or admit to doing the stabbing? Seems like this whole case is about everything BUT the actual stabbing?!

  • It’s interesting too that that Means is currently awaiting sentencing on the escape conviction, which as I understand it will be at least a year anyway. It kind of baffles me what grounds he has for his case.

  • IckyD

    Let Adams file civil suits against them for the stabbing. Bet they crawl back under their rocks.

  • you should

  • The best is suing the person who did not prosecute you