Man acquitted of stabbing Steeler Mike Adams files lawsuit against him
Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Mike Adams made conflicting statements that he knew were untrue about the night he was stabbed in the South Side, one of three men acquitted in the case says in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday.
Dquay Means, 26, of Hazelwood claims Adams caused his malicious prosecution, false arrest and imprisonment, intentionally inflicted emotional stress and defamed him. Adams accused Means of being one of three men who stabbed and attempted to carjack him outside Cambod-Ican Kitchen on June 1.
“Dquay Means has been put to great expense in the employment of counsel and has been prevented from attending to his usual and necessary duties and occupation; and, has thereby suffered a great and irreparable financial loss in his business and occupation,” the lawsuit says.
Adams could not be reached. His agent, Eric Metz, did not return calls.
Means, a rap artist who signed with Wiz Khalifa's record label, was released this month from the Allegheny County Jail on electronic monitoring after a jury acquitted him and Jerrell Whitlock, 27, and Michael Paranay, 26, both of Hazelwood, of the most serious charges.
Adams claimed Paranay punched him, Means showed him a gun and Whitlock stabbed him. The jury convicted Means and Whitlock of fleeing from police. Paranay, acquitted of all charges, was released the day after the jury's verdict. Whitlock remains in jail.
Means' lawsuit claims Adams used the criminal proceedings “to avoid any culpability for his operation of his vehicle while intoxicated and his culpability as the instigator of the incident.”
The defense called Adams' story into question by showing how it changed three times and saying Adams was drunk. Doctors at UPMC Mercy said his blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit to drive. The lawyers said Adams had a motive to lie because he was on thin ice with the team from testing positive for marijuana before the 2012 NFL draft.
Means is seeking an undisclosed amount of money in compensatory and punitive damages.
Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-391-0927 or email@example.com.
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