Mike and Maurkice Pouncey, accused over the summer of roughing up a club-goer at their South Beach birthday party, will not be charged in the altercation, Miami-Dade prosecutors announced Wednesday.
The twin brothers are both NFL offensive linemen – Mike with the Miami Dolphins and Maurkice with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
A July 12 brawl at Cameo nightclub left several people injured. But in their case close-out memo, the state attorney’s office concluded there is insufficient credible evidence to charge Maurkice Pouncey – identified by victims as their assailant – or anyone else with battery.
“Victims and witnesses advised that the music was very loud and the club was very crowded with a lot of pushing and shoving by many people,” prosecutors said. “The Cameo Club did provide our office with a video but it was of no probative value because the room was so crowded that we could not distinguish anyone including the alleged victims or subjects in the video.
“In addition, we were provided with many different versions of the incident that raised serious and unresolved proof and credibility issues,” the office continued. “Consequently, we cannot determine whether the injuries sustained by the alleged victims resulted from an intentional and unwanted touching or an unintentional touching resulting from the shoving and pushing of the crowd of people who were in a space too small to accommodate so many.”
The attorney for primary accuser Riquan James, who took to social media the night of the incident to show pictures of his injuries, said his client is “incredibly disappointed” with the decision not to charge Maurkice Pouncey.
For months now, Mike Pouncey appeared to be in the clear. However, Miami Beach police had said in August that they believed they had enough evidence for the state to charge Maurkice with misdemeanor battery. After a two-month inquiry, prosecutors ultimately decided not to go forward.
“This incident once again proves that the influence and power wielded by a celebrity athlete takes precedence over a regular citizen,” said Marwan Porter, James’ attorney. “We were told by detectives with the Miami Beach Police Department that they had enough evidence to make an arrest, but it appears they were overruled.”
James and two others plan to go on with their lawsuit against the Pouncey brothers. They’ve accused Maurkice Pouncey of both physical violence and making homophobic slurs.
“This further confirms that the previous claim that the brothers were involved was false and fabricated by individuals seeking notoriety and monetary gain,” said Jeff Ostrow, an attorney for the Pouncey twins.
Mike Pouncey did not make himself available to reporters in the locker room Wednesday.
▪ The Dolphins are the healthiest they’ve been all season. Not a single player was held out of practice Wednesday, not even Jimmy Wilson, who missed last Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury.
The following players were limited in their participation: Wilson; T Branden Albert (elbow); TE Charles Clay (knee); CB Cortland Finnegan (neck); WR Brandon Gibson (knee); CB Brent Grimes (groin); C Samson Satele (hamstring); and TE Dion Sims (stinger).