On Sunday February 7, 2015, an altercation at a Philadelphia nightclub involving Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy left two off-duty police officers injured. Arrest warrants are imminent, according to ESPN’s Mark Schwarz.
The situation at the Recess nightclub escalated when one of McCoy’s associates, which included former NFL player Curtis Brinkley, took a bottle of champagne from one of the officers. Darnell Jessie, Roland Butler and Daniel Ayres have been named as the officers involved, according to CSNPhilly.com. CSNPhilly also reports that Butler and Jessie were sent to local hospitals, and were treated for several injuries.
According to CSNPhilly.com, three off-duty officers purchased four bottles of champagne, and Tamarcus Porter, a former teammate of McCoy’s at the University of Pittsburgh, tried to take one of the bottles from Butler. Porter, McCoy, Brinkley, and a fourth man, Christopher Henderson, were involved in attacking the under-cover officers.
ESPN is reporting that one of the off-duty officers was knocked to the ground, resulting in him being “punched, kicked and stomped about his body and head multiple times by all four suspects.” All involved were removed from the club.
Police officials have not officially named anyone as suspects, however ESPN is reporting that “a man familiar with the investigation confirmed to ESPN’s Mark Schwarz and The Associated Press that McCoy” is one of the men under investigation. Police said that the suspects have been “subsequently identified through photographs by complainants and by the security guards.”
TMZ Sports has obtained a video of the incident, in which McCoy can be seen wearing a black shirt and red shorts, and is shown throwing at least one punch into the crowd.
The Buffalo Bills released a brief statement on the incident: “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.”
On February 9, Mike Florio of NBC Sports writes for ProFootballTalk that “the delay results from the high-profile nature of the case, and the involvement of police officers.” Florio also writes that this incident could pose a threat to the Bills 2016 season, as McCoy may face discipline from the authorities and/or the league.
McCoy, 27, is a four-time Pro-Bowl selection, and was acquired by the Bills from the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2015 offseason. He signed a five-year contract worth $40 million upon arriving in Buffalo.