Bouncer files suit against former Steelers player Okobi in bar fight

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A bouncer at a South Side bar filed a civil lawsuit Thursday against former Pittsburgh Steelers player Chukky Okobi, accusing him of negligence, assault and battery.

Joseph J. Kania filed the complaint in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

Other defendants named include Four Twelve Records LLC and Bar Room.

According to the lawsuit, Mr. Okobi was involved in a brawl on the outside deck of the East Carson Street bar on Aug. 25.

When Mr. Kania attempted to break up the fight, the complaint said, Mr. Okobi shouted, "You don't know who ... I am."

Later, as Mr. Kania tried to call 911, Mr. Okobi attempted to stop him by punching him and then knocking his phone from his hand.

Mr. Kania went to UPMC Mercy two days later and was diagnosed with a concussion.

The Bar Room is named as a defendant because, according to the lawsuit, employees there continued to provide Mr. Okobi with alcoholic beverages even though he was visibly intoxicated.

Four Twelve Records is named because it is owned by Mr. Okobi, and he was selling merchandise from the company at the time of the brawl.

Mr. Okobi pleaded guilty to a summary count of harassment in April and was sentenced to pay a $100 fine and $2,600 in restitution for Mr. Kania's medical expenses.

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