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Steeler testifies he didn't know he was stabbed at first

Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams plays against the Bengals on Oct. 21, 2012, at Paul Brown Stadium.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 1:54 p.m.

Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams emerged from the shadows of 17th Street in the South Side clutching a stab wound, a witness testified Wednesday.

“He said, ‘Mom, they stabbed me,' ” said Moeun McSwiggen, co-owner of Cambod-Ican Kitchen. “I didn't believe him, and he pulled up his shirt and showed me.”

McSwiggen — whom Adams refers to as “Mom” — helped him into the restaurant and began cleaning his wound with peroxide, she said. Her son, Brendan, called 911.

Testimony continued on Wednesday in the trial of Michael Paranay, 26, Dquay Means, 26, and Jerrell Whitlock, 27, all of whom are accused of stabbing Adams about 2:30 a.m. June 1. They are charged with counts ranging from conspiracy to attempted homicide.

Adams, wearing navy pants and a white button-down shirt with no tie, was the prosecution's first witness. He said he didn't realize he had been stabbed until he saw the knife being pulled out of his abdomen. Adams required surgery because of a lacerated colon and remained hospitalized for four days. He didn't miss any playing time.

“It all happened so fast. I didn't understand what was happening,” Adams told the jury. “I was in shock.”

Adams' testimony ranged from how much he had to drink that night to how the altercation with the men began.

His cross-examination by attorneys Fred Rabner, William Difenderfer and Randall McKinney spanned more than two hours and led to heated objections by Assistant District Attorney Christopher Stone and admonishments from Common Pleas Judge Anthony M. Mariani.

Asked several times on cross-examination how many drinks he consumed that night, Adams responded he didn't know.

“I didn't take count of all I was drinking. I didn't think I was going to get stabbed because someone was trying to steal my car and then have to testify,” he said. “I had full awareness of what was going on. I was intoxicated, but I wasn't stumbling around or anything.”

When Difenderfer asked whether Adams kept any bar receipts, he responded: “No. Why would I do that? I'm not the one on trial.”

Adams claimed Means and Whitlock approached him as he was getting out of his truck and asked if it belonged to him. They told Adams to “give it up,” he said, to which he responded: “‘What do you mean give it up?'”

Adams said Means showed him a gun he had tucked into his waistband and threatened to shoot him in the face. That's when Paranay came up from behind and punched Adams in the face as he turned his head. Whitlock then stabbed him, Adams said.

Lawyers for the three men believe Adams, whose blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit to drive, started a fight with Paranay outside the Cambodian restaurant and was stabbed as the crowd dispersed. They don't know who stabbed him.

Rabner claimed Adams has lied about the incident because he was on thin ice with the team because he tested positive for marijuana at the scouting combine before the 2012 draft.

Adam Brandolph is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-391-0927.




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