Cops File Suit vs LeSean McCoy
Off-duty cops sue LeSean McCoy over Philly bar fight
by Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer @MariSchaefer
Two Philadelphia police officers injured in an off-duty bar fight involving LeSean McCoy have filed suit against the former Eagles running back.
In the suit filed Tuesday in Common Pleas Court, Officers Darnell Jessie and Roland Butler and allege they were pummeled by McCoy, now with the Buffalo Bills, and three of his friends, in the Recess Lounge in the early morning hours of Feb. 7.
"Our investigation has confirmed that Darnell Jessie and Roland Butler were viciously attacked and beaten by LeSean McCoy and the additional defendants," said the plaintiff's lawyer, Fortunato N. Perri Jr. "As a result of the violent assault, both men have suffered serious and permanent injuries."
Jessie and Butler were hospitalized after the brawl.
Their lawsuit seeks in excess of $50,000 plus court costs.
The other defendants include three members of McCoy's party: Curtis Brinkley, a former NFL player with the San Diego Chargers and Chicago Bears; Tamarcus Porter, a former University of Pittsburgh football player; and Christopher Henderson.
The lawsuit also names the Recess Lounge and its owner, the Manayunk Club, for failure to provide adequate security and a duty not to serve alcohol to "any persons who were visibly intoxicated, including the defendants."
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced in April he would not file charges stemming from the brawl because he could not determine who started the fight.
McCoy's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined comment, the Associated Press reports. McCoy's attorney has said his client was only trying to break up a fight between the officers and his friends over a $350 bottle of champagne.
Police have said the fight broke out over a misunderstanding about who had bought the bottle.