Less than 24 hours after Super Bowl 50 concluded the Bills were thrust into the off-season spotlight for all the wrong reasons. According to an ABC-affiliate in Philadelphia, WPVI, Bills’ running back LeSean McCoy assaulted two off-duty police officers early Monday morning, during an altercation at a local Philadelphia, members only nightclub known as the Recess Lounge. Both officers were reportedly hospitalized after the incident.
McCoy and a friend, now confirmed as former Syracuse running back and NFLer Curtis Brinkley were both part for the alleged assault of the officers. A police report was written up after the altercation occurred however and McCoy is now the focus of an investigation.
Dave Schratwieser of WTXF – a Fox affiliate in Philadelphia – was one of the first to reveal some of the details in the police report, explaining via Twitter that a disagreement over champagne bottle service boiled over into a brawl between the off-duty cops and a group of NFL players. Schratwieser also noted that the officers suffered from injuries including a broken skull, a broken nose and broken ribs. Because of the severity of those injuries the incident is being investigated as aggravated assault.
— Dave Schratwieser (@DSchratwieser) February 8, 2016
CSNPhilly.com has elaborated further on the altercation in a story of their own, explaining that officers Darnell Jessie, Roland Butler and Sergeant Daniel Ayers purchased four bottles of champagne that evening at the club. At some point Butler took one of the bottles with him as he moved to another location and was approached by former University of Pittsburgh player Tamarcus Porter in the process. Porter allegedly tried to grab the bottle from Butler’s hand, sparking an argument over who the bottle belonged to.
According to the police report pushing and shoving then ensued at which point McCoy, Brinkley and another man identified as Christopher Henderson all joined forces to assist their friend, Porter. During the scuffle Butler was apparently knocked down and “punched, kicked and stomped about his body and head multiple times.”
Butler was able to transport himself to Delaware County Memorial Hospital where he was treated for a broken nose, broken ribs a sprained thumb and a laceration above his right eye. The other officer, Jessie was given treatment for a possible skull fracture, also receiving stitches over his left eye at Hahnemann Hospital.
No arrests have been made at this time, but it’s being reported that arrests are imminent and could come in the next 24 hours. Several videos of the incident have now surfaced from inside the club and one – acquired and shared by TMZ – actually shows a clear shot of McCoy’s face as he participates in the brawl.
The Bills issued the following statement in regards to the incident and investigation process: “We are aware of the reports regarding LeSean McCoy and in the process of gathering more information. We will not provide any further comment at this time.”
McCoy of course spent the first six years of his NFL career playing for the Philadelphia Eagles and still considers the city a home. This past season – his first with the Bills – was the first time he played football outside the state of Pennsylvania. The 27 year old led the charge for Buffalo’s league-leading rushing attack this season, contributing 895 yards on way to his fourth Pro Bowl selection.