LeSean McCoy, Curtis Brinkley Reportedly Hospitalized 2 Off-Duty Police Officers

Tyler ConwayFeatured Columnist

Dec 6, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) during the game against the Houston Texans at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
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Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy and former NFL running back Curtis Brinkley are at the center of a police investigation after an alleged altercation with two off-duty officers in Philadelphia on Feb. 7, as first reported by Philadelphia's 6ABC Action News.

According to the police report, two officers were hospitalized as a result of their injuries. Dave Schratwieser of Fox 29 reported that at least one officer suffered a fractured skull, with broken ribs and a broken nose listed among the other injuries.

Continue for updates.

Philadelphia DA Denies Report McCoy May Avoid Charges

Thursday, Feb. 25

Philadelphia district attorney spokesman Cameron Kline told reporters the report McCoy wouldn't be charged "is utterly wrong." Kline added the district attorney's office would be the first to know whether or not the running back would be charged, per ESPN's Mike Rodak. Kline also noted the office didn't expect any changes Thursday or Friday in the case, per Rodak.

Earlier in the day, Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reported that a source "close to [McCoy]" doesn't expect the running back to be charged, but he added that "someone [with] him during the incident could be."

Bills Reportedly Bracing for McCoy Suspension

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (via NFL Total Access) reported "the Bills are planning as if [McCoy] will miss several games to begin next season."

McCoy's Team Meeting with DA

Tuesday, Feb. 23

WPVI-TV reported McCoy's attorneys are meeting with the district attorney's office, and it's unclear if McCoy is in attendance as well. Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports confirmed the meeting will happen Tuesday.

John Gonzalez of CSNPhilly.com previously reported McCoy's attorneys canceled the 4 p.m. ET meeting with the district attorney's office because of the "pending media circus."

DA Spokesman Comments on McCoy Investigation

Tuesday, Feb. 23

"This is not an issue of preferential treatment," a DA spokesman said, per Gonzalez. "This is an issue of conducting a thorough investigation. Anytime an attorney wishes to have their client reach out to us, we do that."

Image of Off-Duty Officer Following Alleged Brawl Surfaces

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Schratwieser provided a photo of officer Darnell Jessie after the incident:

Officer to Have Medical Procedure Following Brawl

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Police union president John McNesby told ESPN's Mark Schwartz that Roland Butler, who was one of the off-duty police officers involved in the incident, "will have a medical procedure Friday to repair a bone that is floating in his notes," per Mike Rodak of ESPN. He also noted neither police officer involved has returned to work, due to injuries, and Butler still has blurred vision, per Rodak.

McCoy Reportedly Won't Face Charges

Monday, Feb. 22

John Barr of ESPN reported no charges are expected in the McCoy case, noting a source told the Buffalo News that the off-duty officer started the fight.

Philadelphia DA Releases Statement on Investigation

Friday, Feb. 19

Carucci provided a statement from Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams:

DA, Philadelphia PD Reportedly at Odds Over McCoy Warrant

Thursday, Feb. 18

Gonzalez reported "the District Attorney’s office is 'pushing back' against issuing an arrest warrant for [McCoy]."

Gonzalez provided more details on the situation:

According to law enforcement officials, tension between the District Attorney’s office and PPD has risen over the last few days because of the delay in charging McCoy and three other men for their alleged role in a fight at Recess Lounge in Old City early on the morning of Feb. 7. Sources told CSNPhilly.com that the D.A.’s office is hesitant to issue warrants because it has questions about the conduct of the officers that evening, including that the officers did not call 9-1-1 during the incident and whether they were drinking to excess.

Philadelphia DA's Office Comments on Investigation

Thursday, Feb. 18

Joe Buscaglia of WKBW spoke to the office, which "doesn't expect anything today or tomorrow" regarding McCoy, but "that could change."

On Tuesday, Carucci passed along comments from a spokesman for the Philadelphia district attorney, who said the office is "continuing to investigate" McCoy and that it "[doesn't] know how long it will be" until the conclusion of that investigation.

Police Confirm McCoy's Involvement

Thursday, Feb. 11

"Philadelphia police say Bills running back [McCoy] was definitely involved in an alleged nightclub assault Sunday, and while not saying that he will be charged, captain Frank Banford told ESPN's Mark Schwarz on Thursday that charges are coming," ESPN reported.

McCoy Responds to Question About Incident

Thursday, Feb. 11

Nick Piccone of Philly Influencer provided a video of McCoy addressing the incident:

The audio is difficult to hear, but McCoy's attorney, Larry Krasner, insists the running back does not say he "made a mistake." "That's actually incorrect," Krasner told John Barr of Outside the Lines, per Rodak. "What he [McCoy] said was that he would make a statement sooner than later."

Howard Eskin of Fox 29 reported the Philadelphia district attorney's office is reviewing the video and charges will likely come next week.

Video Surfaces of Bar Fight

Tuesday, Feb. 9

TMZ posted what appears to be a video of the alleged incident between McCoy, Brinkley and the officers:

There is also a video of McCoy, Brinkley and the officers being thrown out of the bar, but it does not appear as though surveillance captured the full incident.

Police Report Revealed

Monday, Feb. 8

The police report indicates the argument began over a bottle of champagne, per Gonzalez:

The report states that officers [Jessie], Roland Butler and Sergeant Daniel Ayers purchased four bottles of champagne that evening. When Butler “moved to another location with his bottle,” former Pitt football player Tamarcus Porter “approached him and tried to pull the bottle from his hand.” According to the report, “an argument ensued as to the ownership of the bottle,” at which point McCoy, Brinkley and Christopher Henderson “assisted [Porter].” During the ensuing altercation, according to the report, Butler was knocked to the ground and “punched, kicked and stomped about his body and head multiple times.”

Rodak provided the full police report:

McCoy Seeks Defense Attorney

Thursday, Feb. 11

On Tuesday, John Barr of ESPN (h/t Sal Maiorana of the Democrat and Chronicle) reported that McCoy had hired defense attorney Jack McMahon to represent him since it "appears likely he will be charged." However, Schratwieser noted on Thursday morning that McCoy switched his attorney during the investigation.

Bills Release Statement on McCoy

Monday, Feb. 8

McCoy Doesn't Have History of Off-Field Issues

McCoy, 27, is a Pennsylvania native who spent his first six NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He's been a mainstay in the community and does not have a history of off-the-field incidents. Brinkley, 30, is a Philadelphia native who last played in the NFL during the 2012 season. Citing sources, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reported no current Eagles players were involved in the altercation.

In 2009, Brinkley was shot three times in Philadelphia by his sister's boyfriend. After returning to football and making the San Diego Chargers roster despite being cut multiple times, Brinkley was named the 2011 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.


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