LeSean McCoy was involved in a bar fight during the offseason. Although he wasn’t charged in the case, it was recently announced that he was being sued for the incident.
The incident was first reported in early February and went mainstream when TMZ Sports released video footage of a bar fight that involved LeSean McCoy, his friends and a couple of off-duty police officers. After the video was released, an investigation followed with prosecutors, detectives and politicians in the D.A.’s office.
After a nine-week long investigation, a consensus was finally agreed on and it was announced that McCoy and his friends would not be facing any criminal charges in the incident. The decision came about when it was learned that the two off-duty police officers were also drinking at the bar and that one of the cops was carrying a gun — which is against department policy.
When we learned that there would be no criminal changes, we all turned our heads to the NFL hoping they wouldn’t punish him for his involvement in the incident. It took the league a couple of months to come to a decision, which is when Brian McCarthy — a spokesman for the NFL — stated that the “review is concluded. No further action.”
It was a long process throughout the offseason, but in the end worked out in our favor.
Of course, the Bills were hoping for a better start to the season from their running back — who only has 117 yards on 31 carries and one touchdown entering Week 3. It’s been an extremely slow start for McCoy and the Bills’ offense.
With our Week 3 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals only 5 days away, the Bills have more off-the-field distractions to worry about in regards to the bar incident. After months of silence about the case, we learned on Tuesday that McCoy is being sued for his actions back in February.
Here’s a statement explaining the decision to sue the running back, which comes from the off-duty officers’ attorney Fortunato N. Perri Jr.:
"“Our investigation has confirmed that [officers] Darnell Jessie and Roland Butler were viciously attacked and beaten by LeSean McCoy and the additional defendants. As a result of the violent assault, both men have suffered serious and permanent injuries.”"
Since this is a civil suit that didn’t result in any criminal charges for McCoy, it is believed that this will have no effect on his status for the Bills and shouldn’t result in any missed time on the field. However, with all of the scrutiny and criticism surrounding the Bills early this season, the last thing we need is more drama.
In a perfect world, this won’t get in the way of the Bills’ hopes for a playoff run. If Buffalo has learned anything this season — starting in training camp — it’s that this team just can’t seem to catch a break.
That gives us more motivation to prove the doubters wrong, though. Keep your heads high and pray that we figure it out against the Cardinals on Sunday.
What are your thoughts on the whole McCoy incident at the bar? Do you think the officers are right in suing him? Leave your comments below!