LeSean McCoy was back in Philadelphia this past weekend instead of in Santa Clara, California, where most of the NFL converged for the Super Bowl festivities. And perhaps McCoy is regretting the decision after an altercation broke out in an Old City nightclub involving several off-duty police officers. The Buffalo Bills’ star, along with former NFL running back Curtis Brinkley, former University of Pittsburgh football player Tamarcus Porter, and another individual were kicked out of the club Recess just before 3 a.m. Sunday after a fight broke out stemming from an argument over champagne bottle service.
The Bills released this brief statement regarding the incident.
“We are aware of the reports regarding LeSean McCoy and (are) in the process of gathering more information. We will not provide any further comment at this time.”
Csnphilly.com obtained the police report detailing the incident, which stated that officers Darnell Jessie, Roland Butler, and Sergeant Daniel Ayers purchased four bottles of champagne from the club to take to their seating area. When Butler “moved to another location with his bottle,” Porter “approached him and tried to pull the bottle from his hand.” Then, “an argument ensued as to the ownership of the bottle,” which is when McCoy, Brinkley, and Christopher Henderson “assisted [Porter].” Butler was then knocked to the ground, “punched, kicked and stomped about his body and head multiple times.”
LeSean McCoy and his camp did some significant damage to the police officers. An officer informed csnphilly.com that Butler was treated for a laceration to his right eye, a broken nose, and a sprained thumb after driving himself to Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Jessie went to Hahnemann Hospital, where he was given stitches above his eye and treated for a possible skull fracture. Both officers suffered broken ribs as well.
Other than “assisting” a member of his party, nothing from the report is concrete as to whether LeSean McCoy inflicted any of the above damage. The surveillance camera inside the nightclub was not functioning, and the one outside only showed the ejection.
McCoy played six seasons in Philadelphia after a college career in Pittsburgh and high school in Harrisburg. Last offseason’s trade to Buffalo was the first time McCoy ever suited up for a team not located in Pennsylvania. Brinkley, who played for the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets over a five-year NFL career, is a Philly native and West Catholic High School alum. McCoy is the Eagles’ all-time leading rusher, and many were shocked when the team traded him straight up for linebacker Kiko Alonso. McCoy had become a fixture in the community but his off-the-field headlines are beginning to pile up.
Back in September of 2014, LeSean McCoy famously left a 20-cent tip to a waiter at the Philadelphia restaurant, PYT. McCoy claimed he received terrible service, but the Eagles’ organization obviously wished he had handled it differently. Even Charlie Sheen got involved, offering to pay the waiter $1,000 for his troubles.
As for his performance on the field, McCoy clearly showcased that the Bills fleeced the Eagles in the rare player-for-player swap. Despite missing four games due to injury, Shady accumulated 1,187 yards on the ground and through the air combined to go along with five total touchdowns. He rushed for over 100 yards three times, all resulting in Bills’ victories. Buffalo did not make the playoffs, but a young nucleus on offense has their fans encouraged for the future.
It will be interesting to keep an eye on what the Bills do at the running back spot. LeSean McCoy signed a five-year, $40 million contract with Buffalo after the trade, including a $13 million signing bonus, $26 million of which was guaranteed. On the flip side, Karlos Williams was an excellent compliment to McCoy and filled in admirably during his absence. Williams amassed nine total touchdowns in his rookie season, cost considerably less, and doesn’t have an incident report to his name.
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