According to a statement released by Philadelphia police, two off-duty officers were injured early Monday morning in an altercation with four men at Recess nightclub. One of the officers was treated for a cut on his right eye, broken ribs, a broken nose and a sprained thumb. The other officer was treated for a cut to his left eye, as well as for a possible skull fracture.
One of the men under investigation in connection with this incident is Buffalo Bills running back, LeSean McCoy. McCoy played six seasons in Philadelphia for the Eagles, and was reportedly involved in the incident with Curtis Brinkley, T.J. Porter and Christopher Henderson.
When asked whether an arrest would be made, McCoy’s lawyer, Jack McMahon stated, “As far as a time frame, I have no idea. Anybody who tells you they do is guessing. If in fact he were to be charged, [McCoy] would obviously turn himself in.”
It was reported Tuesday that the Philadelphia police had completed their investigation and handed the case over to the district attorney’s office, which will review the case and decide upon potential charges. However, it was suggested early Tuesday morning by Mark Schwarz of ESPN that McCoy was “definitely involved” and warrants will likely arise in the coming days.
Additionally on Tuesday morning, TMZ released a video of the altercation. The video is very short and not the clearest, but the man identified as McCoy can be seen right in the middle of the situation and appears to be throwing punches. This video, coupled with the severe injuries sustained by the off-duty officers, does not bode well for McCoy.
Of course, no arrest has yet been made and even if there is, there is still a long way to go before McCoy would face legal repercussions. This is definitely a situation worth monitoring, as McCoy is a well-known NFL figure and the Bills’ leading rusher last season. If he is found guilty of potential charges, will he face the same punishment as he would were he not a star athlete? Did he know the two men were off-duty officers before the situation escalated?
These are very serious questions that will be answered, and it will be interesting to see if the NFL handles this case differently than they have in the past.