D.A.: No Charges for LeSean McCoy in Nightclub Fight

McNesby Shady Williams

District Attorney Seth Williams announced today that he won’t press criminal charges against Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy for scuffling with a trio of off-duty cops at an Old City nightclub earlier this year, prompting the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 to accuse the D.A. of “going south” on the case.

Yeah … there’s a lot to unpack here.

Let’s start with Williams.

With a handful of prosecutors at his side, Williams told reporters during an afternoon news conference that after a lengthy investigation, there simply was “insufficient evidence” to lock up McCoy or any of his pals — former San Diego Chargers running back Curtis Brinkley; former University of Pittsburgh player T.J. Porter; and Christopher Henderson — for the brouhaha that unfolded inside the Recess Lounge in the wee hours on February 7th.

McCoy’s group was hanging out at the club’s VIP area. So, too, was a group of off-duty cops: Officers Darnell Jessie and Roland Butler and Sgt. Daniel Ayres. Read more »

Report: LeSean McCoy Won’t Face Charges

LeSean McCoy. (USA Today Sports)

LeSean McCoy. (USA Today Sports)

LeSean McCoy will not face charges after an investigation into his alleged involvement in a Philadelphia bar fight, according to multiple reports. Ralph Cipriano of BigTrial.net first broke the news.

The Feb. 7 incident reportedly involved McCoy, acquaintances of the former Eagle and a group of off-duty policy officers, including two who were sent to the hospital. TMZ previously released video of the fight, which police confirmed is authentic. Read more »

On Elliott And the Value Of Running Back

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. (USA Today Sports)

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. (USA Today Sports)

How high is too high to draft a running back?

If you asked Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman, he’d tell you: it depends.

“There’s this narrative that you can get running backs in the fifth, sixth, seventh round of the draft and free agency,” Roseman said last Monday at the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton, “but when you look back at the last 10 years, guys who were really in the top 10 in rushing, those guys are high picks.”

Roseman’s statement appears to run counter to an opinion growing in league circles the last few years–namely that you can find a running back virtually anywhere. Read more »

The LeSean McCoy Saga Is Playing Out on Sports Talk Radio

LeSean McCoy. (USA Today Sports)

LeSean McCoy. (USA Today Sports)

Earlier today we told you about Philly FOP President John McNesby’s comments on LeSean McCoy. Speaking on the WIP Morning Show with Angelo Cataldi — yes, the same people who bring you Wing Bowl — the head of the cops’ union in Philly said he wanted LeSean McCoy charged with a crime stemming from a fight at the Old City club Recess.

Now District Attorney Seth Williams has responded on a different WIP show, the Mike & Ike Show with Michael Barkann and former Eagles player Ike Reese. Yes, the saga of ex-Eagles running back LeSean McCoy is playing out on sports talk radio. He isn’t even on the anymore!

“There is no timetable other than us getting it right,” Seth Williams said on the radio this afternoon. Read more »

Philly FOP Head Wants LeSean McCoy Charged

LeSean McCoy (Photo | Jeff Fusco). John McNesby

LeSean McCoy (Photo | Jeff Fusco). John McNesby

John McNesby, the head of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, is incensed that LeSean McCoy has not been charged in an alleged beating at an Old City club that sent two off-duty cops to the hospital. He’s so angry about it he made an O.J. Simpson reference.

“I’ve never waited this long, ever, to see somebody arrested,” McNesby said on the 94 WIP morning show today (listen below). “So, it doesn’t pass the smell test. Something’s funny going on. I know that they have more discovery on this case then they had in the O.J. Simpson case. I mean it’s taken up rooms. So I mean, how much more do you need? All you have to do is clearly look at that video.” Read more »

Missanelli: Another Season of Nick Foles? Please, No!

Dec 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) during warmups before game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field.

Dec 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) during warmups before game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field.

Three things circulate inside my mind for this column. But where would any sports blog in Philadelphia be without first talking about the problems of the Philadelphia Eagles.

ITEM ONE. The Eagles have reportedly expressed interest in re-acquiring Nick Foles as their starting quarterback. This item is courtesy of ESPN’s insider Adam Schefter, who has been tweeting that the Birds are not that interested in putting a franchise tag on quarterback Sam Bradford and would rather try to go to war with Foles. To this I say, “Please God, no.” I don’t want to see Nick Foles anywhere near the Eagles practice facility much less as the starting quarterback next season. That ship sailed a long time ago. Foles wasn’t very good here, save for one fluke season, and was even worse with the St. Louis Rams, where he was benched in favor of Case Keenum. What in hell Doug Pederson sees in Foles is beyond me. But apparently the new Eagles coach likes him — which makes me question Pederson considerably. Read more »

The Informant: LeSean McCoy, Please Pay Your Parking Tickets


The Informant is our new gossip column from longtime Philly Mag reporter Victor Fiorillo. Each week, The Informant will bring you the tantalizing tidbits and sensational stories that those in the know are talking about behind the scenes. Got a tip? Email victor@phillymag.com.

LeSean McCoy’s Bad (Parking) Habits

As we continue to try to sort out the fracas inside the Old City club that reportedly involved lousy tipper, alleged orgy fan, and, oh yeah, NFL star LeSean McCoy, we were amused to find that he got 10 parking tickets in Delaware County in 2015. He was cited for expired meters, illegal parking, and some other things that you’d expect someone with his I-do-not-give-a-fuck attitude to be cited for.

Some of those cases have been resolved, but for others, district court records indicate that officials haven’t been able to track down McCoy in order to get him a summons. He left the area last football season for a lackluster debut with the Buffalo Bills. (To be fair to the court, we couldn’t find his new home address either.)

According to the court, if McCoy doesn’t do something about the outstanding tickets soon, the procedure is for a bench warrant to be issued for his arrest — which, in the grand scheme of things, probably doesn’t seem like a high priority to McCoy right now. Understandable.

The funniest thing about McCoy’s parking ticket history in Delaware County is that it documents him spending time in places like Upper Darby and Glenolden. If you got a $13 million-plus signing bonus last year, would you be hanging out in Upper Darby? But hey, I guess anything is better than Buffalo.

Kanye Backs the Cos

From the Department of Nobody Asked You comes this little nugget: World’s greatest everything Kanye West appears to have thrown his support behind embattled comedian and accused sexual assaulter Bill Cosby, who turns up in Montgomery County Court next on March 8th for a preliminary hearing. On Tuesday night, Kanye took to Twitter to decree to his 18.5 million followers: “BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!” By Wednesday morning, Kanye’s message had been retweeted 35,000 times and “liked” by 40,000 people, but there was also a fierce backlash from folks who wrote responses like, “You have a daughter. Be better.”

What’s unclear is if Kanye really thinks Bill Cosby is innocent, if he’s just trolling people, or if he wants to get as much publicity as humanly possible, given that he has a new album coming out on Thursday.

Kenney Eats, Jerrick Waits

Last week, Philly chef Michael Schulson (Sampan, Independence Beer Garden, the Borgata’s Izakaya) finally unveiled Double Knot, his long-awaited Japanese spot in the Gayborhood, and over the weekend, tables were about as scarce as pothole-free streets in this town.

Fox 29 morning personality Mike Jerrick found this out the hard way when he showed up looking to have dinner on Saturday night. Jerrick is probably not a man used to waiting for a table (restauranteurs pee themselves when Jerrick and the other on-air talent visit, knowing that they occasionally inform their vast viewership where they’ve been dining), but wait he did. And wait. And wait. And wait. Finally, he got a table and tells The Informant: “We had everything.” His favorites were the bao and yellowtail.

One man who didn’t have to wait was our new mayor, Jim Kenney. Accompanied by a small group, Kenney sailed right in and sampled some items from the robatayaki menu.

Speaking of mayoral weekend dining, former Mayor Michael Nutter turned up at Stephen Starr cantina El Rey, where his party of five was squeezed into a booth built for four. With all of his gainful new employment — Columbia, CNN, Bloomberg — we certainly hope that he picked up the check.

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Report: McCoy Under Investigation For Assault

Kiko Alonso, LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy is under investigation for an alleged assault on multiple Philadelphia police officers, according to 6ABC:

[Update] Here is the police report, obtained by Philadelphia magazine:

On Sunday, February 7, 2016, at approximately 2:45am, the Complainants were inside a Nightclub located at 1XX S. 2nd Street. An argument ensued as to the ownership of a bottle of Champaign, which led to pushing and shoving. At this point all below Suspects, engaged in a physical altercation with Complainant#1 who was then punched and knocked to the ground. While on the ground he was punched, kicked and stomped about his body and head multiple times by all four Suspects.  Complainant#2 and security guards intervened and broke up the attack and all parties were ejected from the club. Complainant#1 transported himself to the Hospital where he was treated for a laceration to his right eye, broken nose, broken ribs, and a sprained thumb. Complainant#2, was admitted to the Hospital where he received eight stitches over his left eye and is currently receiving treatment for a possible skull fracture.  The four suspects were subsequently identified through photographs by the complainants and by the security guards. Video surveillance was recovered from the outside of the club which shows both parties being ejected from the club; however, the incident itself wasn’t captured on video. 
The investigation is active and ongoing; all updates will be sent upon availability.

Complainant #1
:  40yrs old B/M off Duty Philadelphia Police Officer
Complainant #2:  40yrs old B/M, off duty Philadelphia Police Officer.
Suspect #1:  27yrs old B/M
Suspect #2:  30yrs old B/M
Suspect #3:  27yrs old B/M       
Suspect #4:  26yrs old B/M
The complainants in this incident were off duty Philadelphia Police Officers and the Suspect are reported to be members of the National Football League. 

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