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Clubgoers in South Beach melee allegedly involving Pouncey twins speak out

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24-year-old Riquan James (aka Ricky Vasquez) 24-year-old Riquan James (aka Ricky Vasquez)
Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey
Niya Pickett Niya Pickett
Brentley Williams Brentley Williams
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- The South Florida man who claims he was beaten up and called anti-gay slurs at a Miami Beach nightclub stood by his contention that Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey and his twin brother initiated the attack, and he was joined by two women who backed up his story and stated they were hit as well.

At a news conference on Tuesday, 24-year-old Riquan James, with his attorney by his side, told reporters he was hit less than 15 minutes after he walked into Cameo Nightclub early on Saturday.

James accused Pouncey and his twin brother, Pittsburgh Steelers Maurkice Pouncey, of assaulting him in the VIP section of the South Beach club. "I felt somebody turn me. Next thing I know, one of the Pouncey brothers hits me," he said as he faced a row of TV cameras. "I caught a right, then a left. Next thing I know, everyone was hitting me. I don't even know who was hitting me."

Two other clubgoers, Niya Pickett and Brentley Williams, said they were also injured during the melee. "Right now, I still can't see," said Pickett. "My left eye is like a shadow, like the left side of my eye. I have bad headaches right now. When he hit me, everything went black."

"The fight actually knocked me over a set of tables that were filled with tall glasses," said Williams. "I fell to the floor and suffered a cut that I had to get nine stitches in."

James called police, who came to the scene and took a report. No one was arrested.

The attorney for the alleged victims promised to hold the people responsible accountable. "This is not some type of cry for payday," said Marwan Porter. "These people were injured bad."

James, who goes by Ricky Vasquez on Instagram, said he took a selfie outside the club shortly after the incident, which, according to Miami Beach Police, took place around 4:20 a.m. The picture showed Vasquez with visible bumps on his forehead.

Early Saturday morning, James posted video clips in which he described his alleged injuries. He claimed he was punched and was left with a chipped tooth, as well as a cut that required 10 stitches.

According to the police report, however, the "victims refused fire rescue."

The Pouncey brothers and the victims were reportedly at the nightclub during a birthday celebration for the twins, who turn 25 on July 24.

James and Pickett's allegations came on the same day Mike Pouncey learned he will not face disciplinary action by the NFL for his role in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal.

The Pounceys denied any wrongdoing at Cameo and vow to fight any lawsuit. Their attorney, Jeff Ostrow, released a statement that reads in part: "It appears that the accuser is an opportunist seeking attention and possible financial gain. If the accuser continues to perpetuate these lies, we will bring an action against him."

Miami Dolphins representatives have declined to comment.

Miami Beach Police continue investigating.

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