Woman testifies she saw man punch Steelers player but didn't see stabbing
Michael Paranay told police that he punched the “big, humongous dude” — Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams — because Adams knocked his shish kabobs and cellphone out of his hands last summer in the South Side.
Paranay, 26, of Hazelwood — who stands about 5 feet, 7 inches tall — knew he was no match for the 6-foot-7-inch, 325-pound Adams, so he ran away, he said.
“I guess I was pretty fired up that, like, my stuff got knocked down,” Paranay told detectives who interviewed him after Adams was stabbed June 1 at the corner of 17th and East Carson streets. “In my mind, I was drunk, and I thought it was him ... so I ran, jumped in the air and punched him.”
Assistant District Attorney Christopher Stone played a seven-minute video of the interview for jurors on Thursday, the third day of Paranay's trial before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Anthony M. Mariani. Prosecutors accuse Paranay, Dquay Means, 26, and Jerrell Whitlock, 27, of stabbing Adams, who was hospitalized for four days.
Means told detectives that he tried to calm the situation and saw Paranay punch Adams in the face.
“I didn't stab Mike. I didn't pull out a gun on Mike. I didn't do anything but try to defuse the situation,” Means said. “I have kids to feed. I have people to support. It's useless to just get in some trouble like that. For him to say I pulled out a gun on him is just wrong.”
Loriel Jenks, 29, of the North Side testified she witnessed the argument between Adams and Paranay from the passenger seat of her ex-boyfriend's car that was parked behind Adams' truck, but she didn't see anyone stab the former Ohio State University standout.
“The main thing I remember is a lot of movement,” Jenks told the jury.
Adams on Wednesday said 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.
Adams said Means showed him a gun he had tucked into his waistband and threatened to shoot him in the face. He said Paranay, who had been jumping on his truck, came up from behind and punched him in the face as he turned his head. That's when Whitlock stabbed him, Adams said.
Lawyers for the three men have said Adams started the fight with Paranay outside a Cambodian restaurant and was stabbed as the crowd dispersed. They don't know who stabbed him.
Dr. Alain Corcos, a surgeon at UPMC Mercy, testified that Adams' wound was four to five inches deep. The knife punctured Adams' large intestine and lacerated his colon, Corcos said.
Lawyers for the three men said they would decide on Friday whether to call Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert to testify. They suspect Adams has lied about what happened because he was on thin ice with the team because he tested positive for marijuana before the Steelers drafted him in 2012.
Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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