What offseason? We put together a collection of some intriguing afternoon notables, including a few notes on former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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 OfficerComplainant #2: 40yrs old B/M, off duty Philadelphia Police Officer.Suspect #1: 27yrs old B/MSuspect #2: 30yrs old B/MSuspect #3: 27yrs old B/MSuspect #4: 26yrs old B/MThe complainants in this incident were off duty Philadelphia Police Officers and the Suspect are reported to be members of the National Football League.
It’s been quite the few days. We’ve been covering Chip Kelly‘s release around the clock, but it’s always good to get other perspectives. Here’s a sampling of what local and national writers are saying about the Eagles.
My, does Thanksgiving seem like a distant memory.
As pumpkin pie was served, the Eagles looked doomed. Not just this season was in jeopardy, but maybe the head coach. Maybe the entire direction of the franchise.
Fast forward two weeks, and after two big wins over AFC East opponents, the Eagles hold their playoff hopes in their own hands.
Here’s what local and national writers are saying about the Birds as they head into Week 15.
You can relive the Eagles’ 23-20 win over the Bills through the lens of our photographer Jeff Fusco.
Rex Ryan evoked the name of an Eagles legend when speaking about Fletcher Cox following the Eagles’ 23-20 win over his Bills Sunday.
“That 91 is a good player. I was laughing when I saw him being compared to Jerome Brown,” said Ryan, “but I’m not laughing now. The kid is a pretty good player.”
The kid is becoming a game-wrecker.
Celebrating his 25th birthday Sunday, Cox put forward one of the finest performances of his young career, racking up eight tackles — two for a loss — and a sack while helping to limit LeSean McCoy to just 11 yards on eight attempts in the second half.
McCoy’s totals took a big hit with six and change left in the game, when Cox broke into the backfield and corralled him for a 10-yard loss. Read more »
LeSean McCoy didn’t wait to shake hands. Not today.
Before the clock ticked zero, McCoy slipped into the southeastern tunnel at Lincoln Financial Field with nary a nod to his former teammates, turning the corner into the hallway in the belly of the stadium with a steely rage. Eagles fans rained boos on the team’s all-time leading rusher, just as they had when he was introduced as the Bills’ lone captain before the game.
He walked down the hall, turned into the visiting locker room, and peeled off his helmet, launching it, full force, into a wall near a gray metal container marked with a laminated piece of paper that read “25” in blue-and-red block font.
Here’s what we saw during the Eagles’ 23-20 win over the Bills from the Linc:
*Ed Reynolds intercepted Tyrod Taylor with 58 seconds left to ice the win. Taylor overthrew his intended target, Robert Woods, and Reynolds was there to make the pick.
*LeSean McCoy was the lone captain for Buffalo and was greeted by the Philadelphia crowd with more boos than cheers. He did not not interact with his former teammates pregame, and no, he did not shake Chip Kelly‘s hand. He did share an embrace with Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman, though.
After the loss, he ran into the tunnel as the rest of the players gathered at midfield.
*McCoy finished with 74 yards on 20 carries (3.7 avg.) and had 35 yards receiving. Read more »