Steelers' Adams faces civil suit from man acquitted of stabbing him

A man acquitted last month of attacking Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams filed a lawsuit against him Tuesday.

Dquay Means, 26, of Hazelwood alleges wrongful use of criminal process, malicious prosecution, false arrest, intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation in the 15-page complaint filed in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

Mr. Adams' agent, Joe Panos, said, "I won't comment on a ridiculous claim like that."

Mr. Means and two other men were found not guilty on April 30 in the June 1, 2013, attack on Mr. Adams at 17th and East Carson streets on the South Side about 3 a.m.

Mr. Adams claimed that the defendants, including Mr. Means, Jerrell Whitlock and Michael Paranay, threatened him with a gun, stabbed him and attempted to steal his truck. During the trial, he identified Mr. Means as the person who had the gun.

The men denied the charges and instead said Mr. Adams was drunk, knocked food out of Mr. Paranay's hand, and that there was a fight.

A jury found the men not guilty.

In the lawsuit, Mr. Means' attorney, Monte Rabner, alleges that Mr. Adams knew he made untrue statements to police about his client having a gun, but never took any steps to correct those.

"The sole basis of the charges being filed against Dquay Means arose from the knowingly false statements made against him by Michael Adams," Mr. Rabner wrote.

Mr. Means alleges that his reputation has been damaged in the community and that he has been humiliated by the charges brought against him by Mr. Adams.

Included in the complaint, Mr. Rabner wrote that Mr. Means is a "good, true, honest and virtuous citizen of Pennsylvania and has at all times abided by and conducted [himself] in accordance with the laws of Pennsylvania."

However, the lawyer does not note that Mr. Means has previous criminal convictions for receiving stolen property, fleeing, drug charges and false identification.

Paula Reed Ward: or 412-263-2620. First Published May 13, 2014 12:57 PM

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