Shalaya Briston is accused of stabbing former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback and NFL wide receiver Terrelle Pryor on November 29, at his home in the Heinz Lofts apartment complex in Pittsburgh. Briston, 24, was first named as the suspect in the attack in a press release by the Pittsburgh Police.
Pryor is accused of being a “mutual combatant” in the incident, according to the Pittsburgh Police. The former New York Jets draft pick, who is recovering from his injuries, is accused of simple assault.
Briston is believed to be Pryor’s girlfriend and the pair were living together in the apartment where the fracas took place.
Briston is facing charges of attempted homicide and aggravated assault. Pittsburgh Police said that they found a semi-automatic pistol in the front passenger seat of Pryor’s Mercedes-Benz, along with a lot of blood inside his vehicle and inside his apartment.
Reporter Amy Hudak of WPXI tweeted, “According to complaint, witness was overhead at the hospital saying “we should have just let him die.” They describe a very volatile relationship between Pryor and Briston. Witnesses said to police he “always had his hands all over her.”
Authorities say they responded to UPMC Mercy Hospital around 4:30 a.m. after Pryor had been admitted with a stabbing wound.
ESPN Reporter Josina Anderson tweeted out a positive update early Saturday afternoon. She said, “A family spokesman says Terrelle Pryor is out of surgery now for the time being, but is still being listed in critical condition while under observation. I’m told detectives have visited the hospital where Pryor is at, per source.”
Here’s what you need to know about Shalaya Briston:
1. Briston Graduated From Temple University
Like Pryor, Briston is a Pittsburgh native. Born on September 9, 1996, she graduated from Steel Valley Senior High School, and studied college at Temple University, which is located in Philadelphia. As a Pennsylvania girl through and through, she’s also a die-hard hard Steelers fan. Her father, Desmond Bristol Sr., also lives in Pittsburgh.
2. Briston Sustained A Bruise On Her Nose & Two Broken Fake Nails, While Pryor Had Stab Wounds In His Shoulder And Chest, Police Say
The incident between Pryor and Briston took place at the Heinz Loft Apartments located at 300 Heinz Street, a historical industrial complex located in the Troy Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. While Pryor immediately underwent surgery for his stab wounds and was in critical condition for an hour Saturday morning, the NFL free agent is now in stable condition and expected to survive the attack.
Briston’s injuries were described by Police as being much more minor. In court documents obtained by TMZ, Pryor reported injured a second woman, one of her friends, before getting physical with Briston. Gregory Diulus of Vantage Management Group, which represents Pryor, has not yet commented on the charges.
3. Briston & Pryor Never Went Public With Their Relationship On Social Media
It’s unknown when Bristol and Pryor first started dating, as neither of them ever posted a photo together on their respective Instagram pages. While Pryor’s Instagram is filled with photos of him playing football and of his son, Terrell II, Bristol shares numerous selfies of herself dressed up, just before heading out for the night.
The pair were both tagged in a friend’s Instagram post on January 20, in which they were both out together partying in a group at a club in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Bristol’s most recent post on Instagram went up 10 weeks ago. Dressed in all black, with black sunglasses, she captioned the posed shot, “always got chose, never been a chooser,” with a black heart emoji. She has since deleted her Instagram.
4. Briston Drove Pryor To UPMC Mercy Hospital, Along With 3 Other Women, Police Say
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police shared on Facebook that they understand that there is a heightened level of interest in this case, but said that they will not be conducting interviews or holding a news conference at this time.
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officers said that they responded to a call from UPMC Mercy Hospital on November 30 for a male stabbing victim, who had arrived in critical condition by private means. The Violent Crimes Unit learned that Pryor’s injuries were incurred during an earlier dispute inside their apartment on the 200 block of Heinz Street on the city’s North Side.
As reported by CBS Pittsburgh, Pryor and Briston got into an argument on Friday night, before she left with two other women for a nightclub.
When they returned, Pryor “grabbed Briston and began arguing with her,” the women reportedly said. Pryor struck one of the women before the other two intervened, and then Briston stabbed him.
5. Pryor’s Baby Mama Heaven Lei Was Never A Suspect In the Stabbing, Nor Was Ex-Girlfriend Chania Ray
Pryor’s baby mama Heaven Lei, with whom the NFL free agent has one son, Terrell II, was ruled out as a suspect early on in the investigation. While there was some drama between Lei and another one of his ex-girlfriends, Chania Ray, back in 2018, Pryor and his baby mama continue to happily co-parent their child, who just entered kindergarten this past year.
Terrell II even has his own Instagram account, which is run by both his father and mother.
With the beef with Lei behind her, Ray, has also moved on. She is now dating Philadelphia Eagles cornerback, Jalen Mills, 25.