Last weekend, the lockout wasteland of pro football stories was filled momentarily by a couple of reports regarding Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, an autograph session, and his failure to show up for it.
McCoy’s brother, LeRon, ultimately told Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News that an advance paid to LeSean was “ready to be returned.”
Now, Domowitch reports that the money still hasn’t been returned. A lawyer has sent a demand letter seeking the return of the money.
Our guess is that McCoy and company are waiting to return the money until they get assurances that the matter will be over once the money is returned. Indeed, LeRon McCoy told Domowitch last weekend that they delayed refunding the money because they feared that the restaurant and nightclub that organized the event would sue in an effort to “get more money than they sent.”
But LeRon is overlooking the fact that the restaurant and nightclub has the right to seek more than what they’ve paid to McCoy. Any actual, incidental, and consequential losses suffered can be recovered via the legal system for McCoy’s breach of the contract between the parties.
Thus, McCoy’s best play would be to negotiate a full and complete settlement that entails something more than simply paying back the money that he received. Until he does, the harm to McCoy’s image and reputation will continue.