This time last year, Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey and his twin brother and fellow center Maurkice Pouncey of the Pittsburgh Steelers were dealing with the fallout of having worn hats that read "Free Hernandez" in support of their former teammate at the University of Florida Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez, formerly a tight end with the New England Patriots, had just been arrested on murder charges.
This year, the Pounceys once again held their birthday party at Cameo, a club in Miami, and once again, they are in the news for something that hit Twitter. Though, early indications are, they may not have actually been involved.
A man named Ricky Vasquez hit Twitter at about 6am this morning, alleging the Pounceys were involved in an assault on him:
I just got jumped/beat up/bashed by 4 bouncers and the Pouncey Twins at Cameo. Today is July 12, 2014… http://t.co/4kaCycDvM8— IG: iRickyVasquez (@iAmRickyVasquez) July 12, 2014
Vasquez went on to claim that he had to go to the hospital and received 10 stitches from the incident.
A woman on Instagram, who goes by the name pretty_moneymmg, added to the allegations, writing on a picture of herself, a picture of Maurkice during a Steelers game, and a third image that shows a lump on her forehead:
Went inside @Cameomia 10 minutes just to be punched in my face by Marquise Pouncey for trying to stop him and his brother mike from beating the s*** out of my friend @irickyvasquez. Filed a report even though the Police said nothing probably will be done about this situation. These athletes get on all these f***** drugs and act an a** knowing they will be protected by these clubs because of how much money they spend in their clubs but I'm not gonna let this s*** rest. I'm a female and I won't Stand for no man putting their hands on me.
The police, however, did acknowledge at 9:30am that they had received reports of an altercation at the club, but that now official report had been filed, according to a Miami New Times report. "Usually, if there's an incident involving a celebrity, there's a special incident report and I haven't seen or heard anything. I'm sure I would have," Miami Beach Police Sgt. Bobby Hernandez tells New Times.
"I would tell the victim, they need to file a police report and come forth, otherwise it's just speculation and we can't disparage someone's name just because they say so," Hernandez continued. "And what she says about what the police told her has to be absolutely false. I think even Justin Bieber can attest -- we don't give anyone special treatment here, it's just a matter of her actually coming forward and filing a report."
Shortly after the New Times report, 940-AM WINZ radio host Andy Slater began tweeting information he was obtaining about the incident:
Pic of man claiming to have been assaulted early this morning by Mike & Maurkice Pouncey. pic.twitter.com/Xw1H9mPnCe— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) July 12, 2014
Mike Pouncey's security manager tells me assault claim is a "fraudulent situation." Also, "no one was struck or abused. This is so sad."— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) July 12, 2014
The scuffle at Cameo "did not involve Mike or Maurkice Pouncey," a witness tells me. "It was in the VIP section next to theirs."— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) July 12, 2014
Just spoke to friend of a victim who was at Cameo. "Mike Pouncey wasn't really involved, but Maurkice was." (cont)— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) July 12, 2014
(cont) "my girl got flipped over a table by the mess, then Maurkice and his friends pushed this guy to another area and beat on him."— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) July 12, 2014
Pro Football Talk updated shortly after 2pm ET their reporting on the situation, stating "a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT the preliminary evidence indicates the Pounceys were not involved in the alleged assault."
Mike, who earned his first Pro Bowl selection last year, is expected to miss at least the first month of the season for the Dolphins after tearing a labrum in his hip during the offseason workout program's Organized Team Activities, an injury that required surgery to repair. Maurkice, a three-time Pro Bowler, is returning to the Steelers after he tore his ACL and MCL in his right knee in the opening game of last season.
The truth will eventually come out in this situation, as the police continue their investigation, which will include a review of the security tapes from within the club. At this time, however, the police seem to be leaning toward Mike and Maurkice not being involved.