LeSean McCoy. (Jeff Fusco)
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.
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The topic of hazing in the NFL has taken center stage following the recent reports out of Miami. Veteran guard Richie Incognito is being accused of bullying fellow lineman Jonathan Martin and sending him harassing messages containing racial slurs.
Incognito was suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins on Sunday night for conduct detrimental to the team. Martin is on a leave of absence.
Some Eagles players weighed in on the situation Tuesday while offering some insight into what it’s like being a neophyte in the NFL.
“I think two guys are at fault to me,” said Cary Williams. “Obviously Incognito had some racial slurs and all this other stuff that was going on that I’m not too enthusiastic about myself. I think Martin definitely could have handled the situation better. You have a player development director there that is in place that is supposed to make you feel at home, make you feel like you can talk to him in confidentiality. There are so many outlets for a player to go and talk. I’m not in his shoes, I wasn’t there so it’s hard for me to determine whether he used the right techniques or the right approach in dealing with the situation, I just know that hazing is a part of the game and you have to have veteran leadership in there to make sure guys aren’t going too far.
“I think the situation got out of hand, and I still feel like Martin, if all else fails, put up your dukes, man. Read more »