Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and his bodyguard are being sued by a woman who claims to have been assaulted and dropped off on the New Jersey Turnpike after a night of partying in Dec. 2012.
Courthouse News first reported that the woman had filed a claim with the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
According to the report, McCoy, bodyguard "Big John" and a few friends started to badger the plaintiff and 14 other women who were accompanying them on a bus trip from Philadelphia to New York City and back, apparently for a night on the town. The bus was provided by Premier Luxury Rentals, which is also being sued by the victim, who is being referred to as "Mary Roe."
The complaint states:
McCoy and some of the male guests began to spray the female guests, including the plaintiff, with water...When plaintiff protested, McCoy directed Big John to "get her." Big John and/or McCoy then struck plaintiff in the face, causing her to fall to the ground, physically restrained her while she was lying on the ground, poured a beverage onto her hair, clothes, and body, and forcibly dragged and pushed her. McCoy ordered the driver to stop on the side of the highway, and after the driver did so, both Big John and McCoy then forcibly ejected plaintiff from the bus.
After some of the guests complained about the ejection of plaintiff from the bus, Big John and McCoy forcibly placed her back into the bus and pushed her into a seat. When the bus stopped at a service area ... plaintiff told McCoy the she had called the police. The party bus resumed its trip, leaving the plaintiff stranded at the rest stop. After reporting the assault to New Jersey State police, plaintiff needed to take two trains back to Philadelphia.
Per the Courthouse News report, the woman is seeking $50,000 from McCoy for compensatory damages and punitive damages for assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment and negligence.
So far, McCoy has denied all the charges about the alleged assault, but he does not deny kicking the woman off the bus when things started to get heated in the early hours of Dec. 19. Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer had several tweets that substantiated his claim:
RE: TMZ LeSean McCoy report, source close to RB said he does not dispute kicking woman off bus, but that rest of allegations are false.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) May 14, 2013
He also had the following tweets directly from McCoy's camp:
Statement from McCoy camp: “The allegations against LeSean McCoy are completely, unequivocally false. There are no criminal charges ...— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) May 14, 2013
“... pending and no probable cause was ever found. This is sadly an attempt to extract money and LeSean will vigorously defend any ...— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) May 14, 2013
“.. any attempt to collect money through a personal injury claim." (END)— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) May 14, 2013
Since being drafted in 2009, McCoy has rushed for 3,866 yards and 30 touchdowns. The 24-year-old enjoyed his best season in 2011, when he was voted First Team All-Pro and named to the NFC Pro Bowl squad.
In 2012, McCoy struggled with injuries and saw his production dip significantly. He only rushed for 840 yards on 200 carries, finishing No. 19 among qualified NFL rushers.
Not only was McCoy one of the biggest running back busts of the 2012 season, he was also a big reason why the Eagles weren't able to make the playoffs for the second-straight season.
Expected to turn the offense around under new head coach Chip Kelly, McCoy will now have to deal with a court case and restoring his reputation while attempting to regain his 2011 form.
Lucky for the McCoy camp, this matter can get settled in the NFL offseason before it becomes a distraction to the team.