Ex-Jeannette, Ohio State star Terrelle Pryor stabbed in Pittsburgh, faces charges
An alleged physical fight between Terrelle Pryor and his girlfriend ended with the former NFL player stabbed in the chest and both facing charges, according to the criminal complaints filed against the pair.
Pryor underwent surgery Saturday and is expected to survive, according to a family friend. He is charged with simple assault.
His girlfriend, Shalaya Briston, is charged with aggravated assault and attempted homicide.
A witness told police that she, Briston, Pryor and another witness went out for dinner and drinks and were headed to a club when Briston and Pryor began arguing, according to the complaint. Pryor went home ,and the three women continued on to the club.
When the three returned to the apartment, Pryor allegedly met them in the hallway, grabbed Briston and began arguing again, according to the complaint. Inside the apartment, Pryor allegedly knocked one witness to the ground and began to “tussle” with Briston.
The fight continued into the kitchen, according to the complaint. The same witness told police that Pryor broke loose and grabbed his chest; the witness could see he was bleeding.
Police initially responded to the Heinz Lofts in the city’s North Side after neighbors called and reported hearing a domestic dispute in one of the apartments, according to the complaint.
Officers arrived and found a trail of blood leading to a fourth-floor apartment. They found no victim at the apartment but minutes later received a call that a stabbing victim had shown up at UPMC Mercy hospital.
More blood was found leading to the building’s parking garage and to a black Mercedes Benz registered to Pryor, according to the complaint. A semi-automatic pistol with a flashlight attached was on the front passenger seat, police said.
Investigators said the apartment manager confirmed Pryor and Briston live in the apartment where the blood trail led.
At the hospital, police overheard one witness speaking into her smart watch and saying, “She was just defending herself and had to do it,” according to the complaint. The same woman went on to say, “The only reason I’m here is to make sure that he didn’t die” and “We should have just let him die.”
Another witness, when questioned by police, initially denied knowing who stabbed Pryor, according to the complaint, and acknowledged only that he and Briston “had domestic issues.”
Brison told police she didn’t know anything about the stabbing, according to the complaint. Investigators noted that her nose was bruised and two fake fingernails were missing.
Pryor, 30, was a star quarterback at Jeannette High School, leading the Jayhawks to their first state championship in 2007. He later played for Ohio State and was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2011 draft. He moved to receiver after two years in the NFL.
Since then, Pryor has played for the Browns, Redskins, Jets and Bills. Earlier this year, he signed with Jacksonville but was released after an injury in August.
Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter .