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Report: Aaron Donald was helping man who accused him of assault

Surveillance footage may clear Donald’s name on Friday

Surveillance video footage of the fight last weekend allegedly involving Aaron Donald, who was accused of assaulting a man named DeVincent Spriggs outside of a club in Pittsburgh early Sunday morning, was released on Friday. In the footage, as Pittsburgh WPXI reporter Cara Sapida tweeted, “video appears to show #NFL star Aaron Donald run over and try to break up” the assault.

And Donald’s lawyer, Casey White, told reporters at 97.3 The Fan on Friday that Donald was indeed attempting to help Spriggs, not assault him.

He says the incident started after the defendant, DeVincent Spriggs, was aggressively jabbing Donald in the back with his elbow at a party.

White adds Spriggs, who Donald claims was intoxicated, was getting aggressive toward Donald that that other people at the party took Spriggs down the stairs of the residence and onto the street outside, Wrights Way.

A while later, Donald and his brother walk out of the party with Spriggs still outside.

White says Spriggs began walking toward Donald, yelling at him with something in his right hand. Donald first thought it was a gun, but it turned out to be a bottle which he used to swing at Donald.

Donald reportedly ducked the swing but it grazed the top of his head and he has a lump to prove it.

“And that’s when all hell breaks loose,” said White.

And then White appears to discuss the moment we see in the surveillance video:

“Aaron then breaks free from the restraints . . . he then goes to the pile where this melee is taking place and he starts tearing people off, protecting Mr. Spriggs,” said White. “He actually saves Mr. Spriggs from further injury.”

This incident may be cleared up sooner than some expected.