The Buffalo Bills are rumored to be facing a tough decision on LeSean McCoy, who could be facing a long time in jail — or at least a long court battle — over expected charges for his part in a fight that sent off-duty police officers to the hospital this week.
The running back was seen on video in an alleged assault against two off-duty police officers in a Philadelphia nightclub after the Super Bowl. Sources say there is strong evidence that McCoy and three other men punched and kicked the officers after a misunderstanding about ownership of a champagne bottle.
As CNN reported, charges are likely coming soon and the Buffalo Bills appear to be waiting until that happens to take any official steps.
“Neither McCoy nor any of the others have been charged yet, according to authorities. The NFL official said he expects McCoy to be charged with aggravated assault.
“No charges were expected until at least Wednesday, according to McCoy’s attorney, Larry Krasner.
“McCoy’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined to comment.
“The Bills released a statement Monday saying they were aware of the reports and “in the process of gathering more information.”
LeSean McCoy is already under fire from Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who echoed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg when he famously said that New York Giant wide receiver Plaxico Burress needed to be put in the “slammer” after shooting himself in the leg at a Manhattan nightclub with an unregistered gun.
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Kenney gave his analysis of the video, saying that the attack seemed unprompted and that McCoy deserved to see jail time for it.
“In addition to punches being thrown, there were some kicks that looked as if they were being leveled and that’s unconscionable and it’s cowardly,” Kenney said (via Pro Football Talk). “If [McCoy] wants to stomp our officers and pound our officers, then he needs to pay the price and answer for his actions.”
While the team has been quiet to this point, there are growing rumors that the Buffalo Bills could end up cutting LeSean McCoy after charges are leveled. He could face a long suspension in addition to any possible jail time, which could hamstring the Bills in their plans to move forward.
Buffalo News columnist Bucky Gleason noted that the team ignored warning signs from McCoy’s tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles, which could mean more trouble if they were to keep McCoy.
“Successful franchises would have paused and wondered why a great player suddenly became available, but not the Bills,” he wrote. “They jumped on a blockbuster trade without doing their homework. Once again, they made a move that was part public relations and part football, luring desperate fans to continue buying hope by the barrel.”
The Bills paid McCoy $16 million last year, Gleason noted, making him the top-paid back in a league where running back value has dropped dramatically. Teams have found today they can plug in late-round backs and have as much success. The Bills have already found that, as fifth round back Karlos Williams had a strong rookie season for the Bills.
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