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Pittsburgh attorney Todd Hollis told news outlet KDKA on Wednesday that he will file criminal charges on behalf of a client of his against Pitt alum Aaron Donald following an alleged assault that left his client injured.

Hollis’ client, DeVincent Spriggs, alleges that he was assaulted by the Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle at some time between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Sunday. The report from KDKA included a photo of Spriggs with a swollen eye, and it stated that Hollis and Spriggs intend to file the charges at the Zone 3 police station in Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood.

Melinda Roeder of KDKA Radio provided additional details, noting that Spriggs said he was assaulted at an after-hours club called the Boom Boom Room in Pittsburgh's South Side. Spriggs said that Donald and others punched him after Spriggs bumped into Donald accidentally. Roeder also reported that Spriggs' injuries included a concussion and a broken arm and Spriggs required 16 stitches.

Donald is known to spend time in Pittsburgh during the NFL’s offseason, and he is frequently seen working out at the Pitt football team’s South Side practice facility. The ground floor of the facility where he works out also bears his name, as he made a donation of at least $1 million to Pitt in 2019. Its official name is the Aaron Donald Football Performance Center.

The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year is a native of Penn Hills, and he played at Pitt from 2010 until 2013. Donald has played football at the professional level since 2014. Prior to Wednesday, his career had been notably free of off-the-field issues. Donald has yet to issue a response to the allegations.