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FOOTBALL FOLLY: 3-Time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald Accused of Assault


Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald was accused of brutally beating a man over the weekend, giving him a concussion, a broken nose, a broken eye socket, an arm injury and 16 stitches. 

De’Vincent Spriggs said the altercation began when he accidentally bumped into Donald at Pittsburgh’s Boom Boom Room nightclub, which provoked him. Both men were asked to leave, at which point Donald “got aggressive.” 

Todd Hollis, Spriggs’ attorney, filed a criminal complaint with Pittsburgh police. 

“When they got outside, Mr. Donald approached Mr. Spriggs and Mr. Spriggs was punched and attacked, again allegedly, by Mr. Donald and the individuals that were part of his group,” Hollis told ESPN. 

“This is not an eye for an eye justice. This is an assault. So no manner of money at this point would justify what you see here to Mr. Spriggs,”  he added. 

Donald’s attorney, Casey White, did not comment on the incident, though expressed that he will talk “in the near future.” 

In a statement, the Rams said they have “no further comment” as they continue to collect more information. 

“We are aware of the reports regarding Aaron Donald. We are collecting more information and will have no further comment at this time,” the team said. 

Donald, who played four years at the University of Pittsburgh, has spent his seven-year professional career with the Rams. 

He was selected with the No. 13 pick of the 2014 NFL draft and was instantly a high-caliber defensive player, Fox News reports. He’s been a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and a six-time All-Pro selection. 

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