Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and his brother Mike Pouncey had a lawsuit filed against them Friday by the three people accusing them of assaulting them during an incident at a Miami Beach nightclub a few weeks ago. After not talking about the alleged incident upon his arrival to training camp on Friday, Maurkice did talk about it the pending lawsuit between practices on Saturday.
Maurkice, as expected, denied any wrongdoing and expressed disappointment that is has potential to become a distraction for the team.
“I’m a man about everything,” Maurkice said Saturday, according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “You all know every time I made a mistake I admitted to it. For something like this to happen and have no involvement in it is upsetting and hurtful to me. You know it’s on my mind like crazy. Hopefully it will blow over.”
Maurkice also went on to say that he and his brother went took extra precautions to avoid problems at their birthday party and that included hiring a former police officer to provide security for the event.
Also on Saturday, the Pounceys attorney said in an email to Pro Football Talk that they will countersuing.
“The allegations in the complaint about my clients are completely false,” attorney Jeffrey M. Ostrow told PFT. “As I previously stated, Mike and Maurkice Pouncey had absolutely no involvement whatsoever in the alleged incident that evening and did nothing wrong. This claim is a complete sham. The plaintiffs and their lawyer are perpetuating these lies in a bid for notoriety and financial gain. We intend to defend this case through trial if necessary and will be filing a counterclaim for malicious prosecution and defamation.”