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Clubgoer alleges Dolphins' Mike Pouncey, brother beat him

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Alleged assault victim Ricky Vasquez Alleged assault victim Ricky Vasquez
Cameo Nightclub on South Beach. Cameo Nightclub on South Beach.
An ad promoting "The Pouncey Twins Annual Birthday Bash." An ad promoting "The Pouncey Twins Annual Birthday Bash."

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey and his twin brother are facing an assault investigation following allegations that they beat a man at a South Beach nightclub.

Alleged victim Ricky Vasquez took to Instagram early Saturday morning, claiming he was beat up, bruised up and called anti-gay slurs by Pouncey and his brother Maurkice, a center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, at Cameo Nightclub on Washington Drive. "Before I knew it, I was on the floor. A bottle hit my face," he said in a video clip he posted online. "I was by a table, and they were like kicking me all down my body."

"I guess that's how I got this on my leg, which is pretty bad," he continued as he showed one of his injuries.

Vasquez claimed he was punched and has a chipped tooth, as well as a cut that required 10 stitches.

Vasquez posted a picture of himself on Instagram showing visible bumps on his forehead. He said he took the selfie in front of the nightclub shortly after the alleged incident, which, according to Miami Beach Police, took place around 4:20 a.m.

The alleged victim also took to Twitter with several messages. "I just got jumped by 4 bouncers and the Pouncey Twins at Cameo. I'm going to press charges. My face is swollen," Vasquez tweeted around 5 a.m.

Speaking on the phone later on Sunday, a very emotional Vasquez told 7News, "I'm really scared, and I'm sore ... it's too much."

He also confirmed his sexual orientation was part of the incident. "Was me being gay mentioned? Yes," he said.

Vasquez added that he took to social media because he felt like no one was helping him after the alleged beating. "I didn't know what else to do," he said.

Vazquez also claimed the Pouncey brothers initiated the attack. "I'm sure that they started the incident," he said. "I didn't do anything wrong. I can tell you that."

In addition to Vasquez, a woman put a picture on Instagram showing a bump on her forehead. She said she was also struck by the Pouncey brothers while trying to stop the alleged attacks.

According to an online flyer and a tweet from Cameo Nightclub, the Pouncey brothers were celebrating their 25th birthday Friday night. A tweet that went up hours before the club opened read, "The Pouncey Twins Annual Birthday Bash is tonight. Sign up for Comp Entry & Cocktail."

Police said they are investigating and cannot confirm the Pouncey twins were involved in the alleged attack. The siblings also garnered media attention around this time in 2013 for wearing "Free Hernandez" hats after their college teammate Aaron Hernandez, a former football player, was charged with murder.

"I'm definitely going to do something about it," said Vasquez in one of his Instagram video clips. "I probably won't post that much today, but you all just be careful and thank God for listening."

As of Sunday night, no arrests have been made.

Miami Dolphins officials and Cameo Nightclub management have not responded to 7News' calls for comment.

Monday, Miami Beach Police confirm they are investigating an assault at the club but would not comment on any suspects.


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