Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy has met with the Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams Tuesday evening. Earlier today, his attorney cited a media circus as to why they requested to cancel the meeting.
WPVI-TV out of Philadelphia is reporting the meeting did indeed take place. Instead of having the meeting at the District Attorney’s office, they moved the meeting to McCoy’s attorney’s Dennis Cogan’s office.
Chad Pradelli, the WPVI-TV reporter, tweeted out a photo of McCoy talking with Cogan as they were leaving his building.
McCoy has been in trouble since he was involved in a brawl with his friends on the early morning hours of Feb. 7th. Former NFL running back Curtis Brinkley was also involved, and the two others – who have been speculated as NFL players, haven’t been identified.
McCoy and his friends got into a fight with two off-duty Philadelphia police officers at the Recess Lounge in Olde City in Philadelphia. On Feb. 9, the Philadelphia Police Department confirmed that they did not interview McCoy after they turned over the case to the D.A.
Earlier today, CSNPhilly.com reported that the meeting was canceled, because it was leaked to the media. They were the first to report the news, which caused Cogan to seek alternatives for any potential meeting.
It’s not clear what caused the D.A. to move the meeting to McCoy’s attorney’s office and have it later in the day than originally planned.
While many have questioned whether there will be charges in this case, Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby has been very critical of Williams in the handling of this case. He even told CSNPhilly.com, “If that’s not special treatment, what is?”
“To have a DA personally meet with a potential defendant or his lawyer before being charged is bizarre,” he added.
While McNesby is calling it bizzare, the D.A. office is saying otherwise.
“Anytime an attorney wishes to have their client reach out to us, we do that,” the spokesman said to CSNPhilly.com. “That’s part of our investigation. This is not an issue of preferential treatment. This is an issue of conducting a thorough investigation.”
Cogan has said that McCoy did nothing wrong, even though a TMZ Sports video shows that he was involved in the brawl. Cogan also says that McCoy was “sober” when the fight happened, even though it happened following an expensive champagne bottle hit the floor and broke open.
McNesby says that he’s never seen anything like this in his career, which he says includes 4,500 felony cases. He has “never waited this long, ever, to see somebody arrested.”
Darnell Jessie was one of the Philadelphia police officers injured in the attack. His attorney Fortunato “Fred” Perri told ESPN’s John Barr this week, “the evident clearly shows that the off-duty officers were the victims of a violent assault and suffered serious, permanent injuries.”
The champagne bottle – which started the fight – was reportedly bought by the officers. However, The Buffalo News insists that Roland Butler, the other Philadelphia off-duty officer, grabbed a champagne bottle that was order by McCoy and his friends.
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