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Report: Police recommend criminal charges for LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy ponders a question while speaking to the media during NFL football minicamp in Orchard Park, N.Y., Wednesday, June 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) AP

Bills running back LeSean McCoy is moving closer to returning to Philadelphia for reasons unrelated to football.

According to 6abc.com, police have recommended that McCoy be charged with, among other things, aggravated assault following a weekend fight in a Philadelphia nightclub.

Per the report, a group of off-duty police officers had ordered multiple bottles of champagne. One of the men with McCoy took one of the bottles from an officer’s hands. A fight ensued, and one of the officers was “punched, kicked and stomped on his body and head multiple times” by McCoy and three other suspects.

The final decision on charges for McCoy and anyone else will come from prosecutors. If, however, the police are recommending charges, prosecutors will be more likely to proceed, given the symbiotic relationship between police departments and those who use the work of police departments to obtain convictions of those who break the law.

The NFL began investigating the incident immediately after news of it emerged. The league also said that placement of McCoy on paid leave is not imminent because players currently are not with their teams.

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99 Responses to “Report: Police recommend criminal charges for LeSean McCoy”
  1. saxguru says: Feb 10, 2016 4:30 PM

    Must have been good champagne.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 10, 2016 4:32 PM

    He’ll blame it on Chip Kelly.

  3. newpairofsox says: Feb 10, 2016 4:33 PM

    Lock him up.

  4. clipper522 says: Feb 10, 2016 4:34 PM

    McCoy will probably turn this into a race thing like he did with Chip Kelly.

    He needs to stop blaming others for his issues. Maybe some jail time will give him the time he needs to think about that.

  5. cafetero1075 says: Feb 10, 2016 4:34 PM

    Really need to hear what happened. How can you fight over a bottle, obviously somebody paid for it, ask the waitress.

  6. krismn22 says: Feb 10, 2016 4:35 PM

    Gotta love the offseason.

  7. ohand16 says: Feb 10, 2016 4:35 PM

    I know people would do just about anything to get out of Buffalo but this is ridiculous

  8. rulesoflogic says: Feb 10, 2016 4:35 PM

    I worked in major league baseball for 20+ years. One thing often learned the hard way is that NO ONE knows a player as well as the organization that is living with him every day. Maybe Chip Kelly knew exactly what he was doing with McCoy and used the cap as a convenient “out.” Then again, maybe not.

  9. themiamidolphins says: Feb 10, 2016 4:36 PM

    What a terrible decision Chip Kelly made by trading this classy individual.

  10. ohand16 says: Feb 10, 2016 4:37 PM

    Send the #billsmafia in to break him out of jail

  11. painsyndicate says: Feb 10, 2016 4:39 PM

    Olde English 800 is not champagne. This all sounds shady to me.

  12. boltfan29 says: Feb 10, 2016 4:39 PM

    soo… Lesean was just at the club, minding his own business and decided to grab a bottle of champagne from a stanger’s hand and proceed to punch, kick and stomp out said stranger for no apparent reason. Sounds logical. Grab the pitchforks, let’s get this LeSean guy.

  13. fahqnfl says: Feb 10, 2016 4:40 PM

    The REAL McCoy stood up!

    Now he’s getting charged because ‘off-duty'(that means a normal citizen at that point) ‘cops’ couldn’t handle what they helped start.

    #ItTakesTwoToTango

  14. jimmysee says: Feb 10, 2016 4:41 PM

    These guys are idiots.

  15. ebdug says: Feb 10, 2016 4:43 PM

    Pretty much a win-win for Philly police, they get to claim innocent and disarm one of the city’s competitor NFL teams.

    Of course, those cops needed a win after getting their lunch handed to them.

  16. canadianbillsfan says: Feb 10, 2016 4:46 PM

    Anyone else questioning how a few beat cops can afford multiple 1200$ bottles of champagne?

  17. mongo3401 says: Feb 10, 2016 4:46 PM

    That’s a frlony charge I believe.

  18. mcjon22 says: Feb 10, 2016 4:49 PM

    He’ll plead out to a lesser charge, and be suspended for 4-6 games.

    Not a Bills fan, but just cut the guy. Karlos Williams is better anyway and is much cheaper.

  19. gonzagylot00 says: Feb 10, 2016 4:50 PM

    Bills aren’t a “competitor NFL team” for the Eagles.

  20. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Feb 10, 2016 4:54 PM

    Just cut the guy and spend the money elsewhere. I would go with the younger guy either way.

  21. markcycy says: Feb 10, 2016 4:54 PM

    Rex could not be more proud of a player

  22. mikexzilla says: Feb 10, 2016 4:56 PM

    i hope the bills cut him, so then the eagles can pick him back up

  23. wwwmattcom says: Feb 10, 2016 4:56 PM

    What a nightmare.

  24. smitty113 says: Feb 10, 2016 4:57 PM

    I guess Chip Kelly was right after all.

  25. ghostofnflpresent says: Feb 10, 2016 4:58 PM

    intoxicated off duty police officers starting fight after bottle is taken, lose fight, don’t get in trouble–shady.

  26. pixelito says: Feb 10, 2016 4:59 PM

    Philly cops drink champagne???

  27. PhD says: Feb 10, 2016 4:59 PM

    If that’s the report the police are filing, you can expect it’s not really what happened.

  28. fmckenney says: Feb 10, 2016 5:01 PM

    If convicted, suspend indefinitely.

  29. ruffbufffire says: Feb 10, 2016 5:01 PM

    Off duty cops should be held to higher standard. Punks got beatdown they deserved

  30. mkbane says: Feb 10, 2016 5:09 PM

    On top of it all, he’s a bad tipper.

  31. rrhoe says: Feb 10, 2016 5:11 PM

    A group of cops yet they let one take a beatdown, something just don’t seem right, but what the hell was Shady thinking.

  32. billfchew says: Feb 10, 2016 5:13 PM

    There’s pictures on TMZ of McCoy clearly throwing a punch and apparently being the aggressor. Though the one film might not show everything, this looks like at least circumstantial evidence to me.

  33. maverick2560 says: Feb 10, 2016 5:17 PM

    Let me understand this, off-duty cops buying multiple bottles of champagne. One of Shady’s group takes the bottle and then started
    A fight. Then all the police officers were the only ones hurt. If one of
    Shady’s Party was T.J. Porter ex-Pitt receiver I am have to be a little
    Suspect. He wasnt exactly the toughest receiver in the history of Pitt.
    Remember this rule..if you’re in a bar fight and you think charges may be alleged…..run to the police station because first ones in door
    always win.

  34. abfox112 says: Feb 10, 2016 5:17 PM

    canadianbillsfan says:
    Feb 10, 2016 4:46 PM
    Anyone else questioning how a few beat cops can afford multiple 1200$ bottles of champagne?

    ——————————————————————

    This was my first thought as well.

  35. dredddog says: Feb 10, 2016 5:21 PM

    Real gangstas drink champagne

  36. donatocha33 says: Feb 10, 2016 5:21 PM

    I’d cut this punk ASMFP… His best years are behind him anyway and he’s not worth the trouble.

  37. bengalsfan2079 says: Feb 10, 2016 5:21 PM

    But I’m sure that he’ll get preferential treatment because he has money and is a famous athlete and it will be “recommended” that he’ll just get a slap on the wrist

  38. dryzzt23 says: Feb 10, 2016 5:30 PM

    Good. Throw his butt in jail for 30 years.
    The Bills should cut him and sue him for the signing bonus that they paid to him.
    Goodell should ban him from the league forever.
    If McCoy will fight cops, he might fight refs during games, and that would make the NFL liable for any injuries that the refs suffered b/c the NFL knew that McCoy is a criminal and still allowed him to play.

    The solution is to cut these type of players, recoup their signing bonuses, and no salary cap charge to the team. That way players will think twice before they commit crimes.

  39. mackcarrington says: Feb 10, 2016 5:34 PM

    canadianbillsfan says:
    Feb 10, 2016 4:46 PM
    Anyone else questioning how a few beat cops can afford multiple 1200$ bottles of champagne?
    ———
    First, because they were cops, there’s a possibility the club owner might have given them a steep discount or even comped them. Then it’s possible they may have just decided to pool their credit cards for the tab. Just because they were cops doesn’t mean they were destitute.

  40. joetoronto says: Feb 10, 2016 5:34 PM

    He’d rather be in a prison in Philly than in Buffalo, and you can’t blame him.

  41. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Feb 10, 2016 5:36 PM

    cafetero1075 says:
    Feb 10, 2016 4:34 PM
    Really need to hear what happened. How can you fight over a bottle, obviously somebody paid for it, ask the waitress.

    _____

    Why does it matter how it started? Two men were assaulted by 4 men resulting in broken ribs, facial fractures, etc. It doesn’t matter if it started over a bottle of champagne, a misdiagnosed fart or an argument of Mary Ann vs. Ginger.

    The assault is what matters.

  42. gonakgod says: Feb 10, 2016 5:36 PM

    classless eagles

  43. trainwrecksryan says: Feb 10, 2016 5:38 PM

    “I TOLD him to stick to Dave & Busters!” – Wreck Ryan

  44. dan7800 says: Feb 10, 2016 5:39 PM

    As a Bills fan, I say to throw the book at him. The NFL needs to send a message about these violent crimes.

  45. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Feb 10, 2016 5:44 PM

    canadianbillsfan says:
    Feb 10, 2016 4:46 PM
    Anyone else questioning how a few beat cops can afford multiple 1200$ bottles of champagne?
    ______

    The same reason anyone can ‘afford’ stuff – put it on a credit card, pay 21% interest and carry that debt for years. The price of goods doesn’t stop the majority of people in the civilized world from by crap they can’t afford on credit cards…

  46. hailtothenamechange says: Feb 10, 2016 5:50 PM

    Don’t you just hate when your favorite team employs people you don’t want to actually root for? NFL teams totally don’t get this part of the fan experience.

  47. buffalomafia says: Feb 10, 2016 5:51 PM

    He will get away with it like Lynch did!

  48. skinsrock says: Feb 10, 2016 5:53 PM

    Probation.

  49. vikings1234 says: Feb 10, 2016 5:53 PM

    Hey Jerrah, ya reading any of this? If the Manziel thing doesn’t work out and the Bills dump this clown I would say this could be your backup plan to bring in yet another solid, respectable, leader type player.

  50. metalman5150 says: Feb 10, 2016 5:59 PM

    Must be nice being a millionaire and taking something that doesn’t belong to you from anybody at anytime.

    Until you take something that doesn’t belong to you and that person stands up to get it back.

    Fortunately these were police officers and not normal joes otherwise McCoy would probably be safe from infraction.

  51. genericcommenter says: Feb 10, 2016 6:01 PM

    If the winners of the bar fight were the unidentified police, they would not have charges.

  52. rcosborne59 says: Feb 10, 2016 6:03 PM

    He just misinterpreted what his coach told him. Rex said ‘SNACK’ not ‘SMACK…

  53. psubeerman21 says: Feb 10, 2016 6:04 PM

    Can they cut him? Didn’t they just sign him to a long term deal? Wouldn’t they inccur some massive cap hit or something

  54. catfish252 says: Feb 10, 2016 6:16 PM

    Takes a real man to kick a man repeatedly after you’ve already beat him to the ground. You and your posse deserve everything that’s coming. Being off-duty cops are the folks you assaulted it’s fairly sure you will be a guest of the state and rightly so.

  55. ymca2014 says: Feb 10, 2016 6:18 PM

    I think McCoy’s going to have to do a little time to make the prosecutor happy. Say two years in jail plus another three years of probation. 👮

  56. laxer37 says: Feb 10, 2016 6:23 PM

    What do you expect from a guy nicknamed “Shady”?

  57. vbe2 says: Feb 10, 2016 6:27 PM

    Piece of garbage. Hope he never plays in the NFL again.

  58. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 10, 2016 6:28 PM

    “Pretty much a win-win for Philly police, they get to claim innocent and disarm one of the city’s competitor NFL teams.”

    If it was another NFCE team I might agree, but I wouldn’t call the Bills a competitor of the Eagles like they play more often than once every 4 years.

    And for that matter, using the Bills and compete in the same sentence is an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one. They haven’t “competed” for anything in the last 20 years except the AFCE basement.

    Lolz

  59. mongo3401 says: Feb 10, 2016 6:31 PM

    Wow. Lots of bitter people. Police are on our side folks. That’s is unless you are a link or yellow eyes drunk or on drugs or breaking the law somehow. People should try obeying the law. You may actually like it.

  60. mongo3401 says: Feb 10, 2016 6:33 PM

    Regardless if these guys were cops, nurses, dock workers, garbage men, or whoever. Nobody deserves to be on the floor and be beaten. Nobody.

  61. stinkymcmulligan says: Feb 10, 2016 6:34 PM

    This bum isn’t called ‘shady’ for nothing

  62. jerry944 says: Feb 10, 2016 6:42 PM

    I knew he was shaddy

  63. citizenstrange says: Feb 10, 2016 6:53 PM

    I met him in a club down in old South Philly
    Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry cola
    C-O-L-A cola.

  64. delgriffth says: Feb 10, 2016 6:57 PM

    In replying to some of the ill-informed posts, here are some facts. The cop can afford the champagne because he’s making over 100k a year. The cop is an African American. A group of cops and a group of elite football players, there was enough drunken ego to fill the club. There’s clear video evidence of the group pummeling someone who was on the ground. The security and other witness have said Shady and his group were the aggressor’s. All things considered, it don’t look good for Shady or his boys.

  65. jsuch2 says: Feb 10, 2016 7:03 PM

    4 guys kicking and punching a guy laying on the ground……………………….sounds like a fair fight.

  66. tomtravis76 says: Feb 10, 2016 7:04 PM

    Has to be more to this story.

  67. 6superbowls says: Feb 10, 2016 7:07 PM

    No word on “off duty” cops being in trouble? I’m SURE they had no hand in the dispute? Funny how you never hear of cops being disciplined for THEIR off-duty actions? Not making excuses for McCoy and his party. Just simply stating this is such a one-sided story. Maybe the cops need tested for roids as well?

  68. jmac1013 says: Feb 10, 2016 7:10 PM

    I’m not McCoy fan, but just because you get your butt beat doesn’t mean you’re a victim.

    Of course the police recommend charges. Duh.

  69. ebdug says: Feb 10, 2016 7:10 PM


    harrisonhits2 says:
    Feb 10, 2016 6:28 PM

    “Pretty much a win-win for Philly police, they get to claim innocent and disarm one of the city’s competitor NFL teams.”

    If it was another NFCE team I might agree, but I wouldn’t call the Bills a competitor of the Eagles like they play more often than once every 4 years.

    And for that matter, using the Bills and compete in the same sentence is an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one. They haven’t “competed” for anything in the last 20 years except the AFCE basement.

    Lolz

    All teams compete against all teams in the NFL. Anyone one of them can win the trophy next year with the proper ownership, coaching and management.

  70. 12strikes2 says: Feb 10, 2016 7:13 PM

    If he could hit the hole as hard as he hit cops maybe he would still be in Philadelphia.

  71. nflgtcfl says: Feb 10, 2016 7:16 PM

    I got the impression the Pegulas do not put up with the same garbage from their players that Lurie put up with.

    I seem to recall insisting on very long meetings with Incognito to ensure he would not be a team cancer. Based on last year they seemed to have got it right.

    If this goes south it would not surprise me if they cut him regardless of the cap hit.

  72. thebirdofprey says: Feb 10, 2016 7:22 PM

    Funny how no comments about why Philly cops are fighting over booze at a bar like this is somehow official business.

  73. torot23 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:06 PM

    Why would he go to jail or miss an NFL game for a fight at a bar with other adults?

    Apparently he “threw a punch” a as in single. So a single punch and people in the comments thinks he’s “trash” and “should banned from the league” Jesus. You people are just sad. I guess everyone here is perfect and has never had a friend do something stupid.

    Also, I’ve been a part of witnessed and been roped into a few bar fights and there has never been an innocent party. If these “officers” got worked maybe the deserved it – maybe they didn’t – but they were obviously not trying to deescalate the issue.

    Cops in my experience are more arrogant than any athlete I’ve ever met.

  74. randomguy9999 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:19 PM

    I dunno about Philly, but in most places ‘aggravated’ means with intent to cause great bodily harm or death… and against a LEO means 4 years minimum….

    say goodbye to your career McCoy, hope you didn’t spend it all on champagne

  75. gbatap says: Feb 10, 2016 8:24 PM

    Sad thing is if it wasn’t off duty cops the charges would probably get dismissed because of his celebrity status.

  76. stevegrogannakedbootleg says: Feb 10, 2016 8:31 PM

    Never return to Philly

  77. skinsfolife says: Feb 10, 2016 8:41 PM

    I am sure the cops had nothing to do with this. They probably just gave the champagne up and didn’t have a single foul word to say….. The real question should be, why were a bunch of cops drinking champagne? Have a beer and some whiskey. Champagne? Really?

  78. steelbreeze676 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:49 PM

    I worked as a bouncer for years and experienced both police and famous athletes as patrons.

    Never had any issues with the famous pro athletes.

    Ask any bouncer their experience with police in a drinking establishment while off duty. The stories will be similar.

  79. justanotherdummy says: Feb 10, 2016 9:28 PM

    The cops are just mad they didn’t win a bar fight. If they had stomped Shady and his pals, they wouldn’t be facing charges. Philly cops are just criminals with the foresight to get a badge first. Shady isn’t a choir boy either. His reputation around here is far from stellar. A pox on both their houses.

  80. gooseusaf1 says: Feb 10, 2016 10:05 PM

    Where in this article did it mention $1200 bottles of champagne? Someone mentioned that amount but how do the Canadians know the going rate of champagne in Philly?

  81. 6superbowls says: Feb 10, 2016 10:11 PM

    If he could hit the hole as hard as he hit cops maybe he would still be in Philadelphia.
    —————————————
    Maybe if Philly didn’t suck so bad???

  82. ebdug says: Feb 10, 2016 10:18 PM

    stevegrogannakedbootleg says:
    Feb 10, 2016 8:31 PM

    Never return to Philly

    Could work. After that todo McCoy would have a target on his back anyway. Who needs Philadelphia?

  83. rje49 says: Feb 10, 2016 10:19 PM

    Have the nice policeman give him an ice cream cone, make him promise to be a good boy, and send him home. Goodell and the NFL have more important matters to attend to, with another court date coming up in less than a month.

  84. bugsforever says: Feb 10, 2016 10:20 PM

    “Takes a real man to kick a man repeatedly after you’ve already beat him to the ground.”
    It takes an idiot. Kicking someone who is lying on the ground is assault with a deadly weapon. Punch him, scratch his eyes out, tickle him, but keep your feet to yourself.

  85. elvos123 says: Feb 10, 2016 10:50 PM

    I enjoy how people think their perception is reality on both sides of every issue with minimal facts Hahahahaha it’s just soooo funny judge. Jury. And executioner on every story . Most of you know nothing, but will pipe up on every issue ant state your uninformed opinion as fact. I just can’t stop laughing at the bitterness chill out and hear the facts come out and try not to use your bias in every aspect of your life .your perception is not reality it’s just your opinion…

  86. sariff420 says: Feb 10, 2016 11:28 PM

    Gotta love America. Guilty til proven innocent

  87. unclebirdman says: Feb 10, 2016 11:38 PM

    NFL’s guilty unless proven innocent rule and discipline will be strictly enforced

  88. coloradotennisfan says: Feb 11, 2016 12:18 AM

    I am not sure what to believe. I will wait until more facts emerge. LE sticks together so I think the charge may not have occurred if LE were not involved. He will need to pay some expensive attorney fees to deal with this mess.

  89. macdega says: Feb 11, 2016 12:50 AM

    We’ll all know the real facts once Steven A. Smith lectures us.

  90. 2ruefan says: Feb 11, 2016 6:30 AM

    boltfan29 says:
    Feb 10, 2016 4:39 PM

    soo… Lesean was just at the club, minding his own business and decided to grab a bottle of champagne from a stanger’s hand and proceed to punch, kick and stomp out said stranger for no apparent reason. Sounds logical. Grab the pitchforks, let’s get this LeSean guy.

    *******************************
    Sooo…
    A group of police officers just decided to pick a fight with three football players and then lay down under their feet and asked them to kick, punch and stomp their skulls into mush for NO REASON at all.

    Sure, let’s grab the placards and markers and make some signs.. ‘Free LeSean the Innocent”…

  91. 2ruefan says: Feb 11, 2016 6:36 AM

    What this all really comes down to IMHO is the behavior.
    I don’t care who STARTED it or who ENDED it ultimately.
    But no rational human being (unless believing they are in a fight to defend their life or someone else’s) beats, kicks and stomps the head of a person who is down on the ground.

    People have been put in jail for attempted murder for the same thing.

    LeSean and his crew showed they had very little brains in this activity, and I don’t care WHO it was or WHAT they did.

    And stop with the “Oh, it was cops so they probably started it” crap.

  92. 2ruefan says: Feb 11, 2016 6:44 AM

    @steelbreeze676
    Yep, you explained your bias immediately as soon as saying “I worked as a bouncer.”

    Ask any patron of ANY bar that uses bouncers about bouncers deciding who could come in, who could do what, who they decided to assault when they felt like it and “their answers will be similar…”

  93. jerryyouradisgrace says: Feb 11, 2016 8:10 AM

    Two sides to every story….we need to hear both

  94. mikelitoris1 says: Feb 11, 2016 8:47 AM

    I was happy when we traded him (Eagle fans that aren’t quick to forget saw him decline big time) and predicted he would be out of the league two years from then. Glad to see that’s coming true for this scumbag.

  95. jbell33139 says: Feb 11, 2016 9:19 AM

    This is such a joke. off duty cops pulling the “cop card” because they got worked. They should’ve ID’d themselves straight away. They got what they deserved for being million dollar broke b*tches. Champagne taste on a cop’s budget.

  96. eaglomaniac says: Feb 11, 2016 10:00 AM

    Pop goes the WEASEL cause the WEASEL goes Pop.
    Shady is dumber than a box of rocks for getting involved in ANY kind of altercation that could jeopardize his freedom and bloated salary.
    This is one move that Chip got right, that’s for sure.

  97. joetorontoisaclown says: Feb 11, 2016 11:00 AM

    mikelitoris1 says:
    Feb 11, 2016 8:47 AM
    I was happy when we traded him (Eagle fans that aren’t quick to forget saw him decline big time) and predicted he would be out of the league two years from then. Glad to see that’s coming true for this scumbag.
    ________________________________
    You sure made out in the deal with Alonso. When did he big time decline? He had 1300 years in the season before he was traded and 1600 the year before that. I’m shocked you aren’t an NFL General Manager.

  98. namriverrat69 says: Feb 11, 2016 11:16 AM

    Now this case has been argued, tried and the cops have been found guilty in the court of public opinion.

    Since it is an ongoing investigation there will be no information released before the trial as is normal.

    When all is said and done I think it was Colonel Mustard in the Library with the rope.

  99. boltfan29 says: Feb 11, 2016 12:51 PM

    2ruefan says:
    Feb 11, 2016 6:30 AM
    boltfan29 says:
    Feb 10, 2016 4:39 PM

    soo… Lesean was just at the club, minding his own business and decided to grab a bottle of champagne from a stanger’s hand and proceed to punch, kick and stomp out said stranger for no apparent reason. Sounds logical. Grab the pitchforks, let’s get this LeSean guy.

    *******************************
    Sooo…
    A group of police officers just decided to pick a fight with three football players and then lay down under their feet and asked them to kick, punch and stomp their skulls into mush for NO REASON at all.

    Sure, let’s grab the placards and markers and make some signs.. ‘Free LeSean the Innocent”…

    I’m not saying LeSean is innocent… I’m just saying the sentiment from this article and most of the comments is that McCoy is already guilty of this alleged crime. As if drunk cops (IN PHILLY) aren’t as entitled, arrogant and aggressive as drunk football player. Take an objective stance and review the facts, don’t let the fact that they’re officers automatically mean they’re innocent. Be fair.

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