MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Dolphins Center Mike Pouncey, and his twin brother Maurkice, who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers, are now facing a lawsuit as a result of an alleged altercation at a South Beach nightclub.
The alleged assault took place shortly after 4:00 a.m. on July 12th at Cameo nightclub. The nightclub has also been named in the lawsuit.
The suit, filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, was filed by attorney Marwan Porter on behalf of Ricquan James, Brently Williams and Niya Pickett. They are demanding $15,000 in damages from the Pouncey brothers and Cameo nightclub.
The Pouncey twins were celebrating their birthday at the club when they reportedly pushed and punched James because he’s gay.
The suit states, “James was addressed with derogatory and homophobic remarks and anti-gay slurs by the defendants, security detail and entourage.”
When James asked them to stop pushing and shoving him, they reportedly punched him in the face and kicked him repeatedly after he had fallen to the floor and “was laying in a fetal position.”
When Pickett tried to intervene, the suit claims, “Maurkice grabbed her, punched her in the face and knocked her unconscious.”
James and Pickett suffered “blunt force trauma to the head, neck, chest and back and had multiple contusions and bruises over a great extent of their bodies. James further suffered broken teeth and Pickett suffered from an injury to one of her eyes, which is affecting her sight,” according to the lawsuit.
“Williams suffered contusions and bruises over the great extent of her body and a laceration to her leg which requited several stitches,” said the suit.
James, 24, posted a video on social media of his swollen face and crying after he said he was punched by the Pouncey brothers.
Members of the Pouncey twins security team also got involved in the altercation, according to the lawsuit.
Miami Beach Police say they are still investigating the incident. They did respond to Cameo for reports of an assault but they can’t confirm whether either of the Pouncey brothers are considered suspects or whether the brothers are under investigation at all.
Mike Pouncey has said he had nothing to do with the incident. He also said it’s come to a point where he cannot go out without people trying to make a story out of him.
So far, there’s been no comment from the Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers or Cameo.