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August 8, 2014

No charge yet for Pittsburgh Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey, as prosecutors mull options

Police believe they have enough evidence to charge Maurkice Pouncey with misdemeanor battery, but the decision ultimately falls to the State Attorney’s Office, which is not yet ready to pursue.

Police believe they have enough evidence to charge Maurkice Pouncey with misdemeanor battery, but the decision ultimately falls to the State Attorney’s Office, which is not yet ready to pursue.

That’s according to Detective Vivian Thayer, a Miami Beach spokeswoman, who said detectives met with Miami-Dade prosecutors on Friday to discuss the case. Prosecutors want to review all evidence before deciding how to proceed.

“I guarantee you there won’t be a charge today,” said Ed Griffith, a spokesman for the State Attorney’s Office. “We will be reviewing all of the evidence from the police, as well as any evidence presented by attorneys of the related parties.”

Whatever is decided with Maurkice, Miami Dolphins lineman Mike Pouncey will likely not be charged in connection with the July 12 brawl at South Beach’s Cameo nightclub. Three people are suing the Pouncey brothers, and have accused Maurkice Pouncey of both physical violence and making homophobic slurs.

Since the charge would be a misdemeanor, it limits what the police can and cannot do. For instance, they won’t go after Pouncey, a center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, while he’s in Pennsylvania. However, he would have to deal with the issue whenever it is he returns to South Florida.

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