Two months after Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was reportedly involved in an incident that ended with two off-duty police officers being hospitalized, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced no criminal charges will be filed because of "insufficient evidence."
Video emerged of the bar brawl, allegedly showing McCoy, along with three others -- one being former running back Curtis Brinkley -- throwing punches and being restrained. The fight reportedly started over the ownership of a bottle of champagne at the Recess nightclub in Philadelphia, and resulted in serious injuries for the off-duty officers working security.
The police report details all four suspects punching one of the officers and knocking him to the ground, where they continued to punch, kick and stomp his head and body. Both officers were treated for their injuries, which collectively includes broken ribs, a broken nose, eye lacerations, a sprained thumb and a possible skull fracture.
"For the past several weeks my office has worked diligently with Philadelphia Police Department's Central Detectives to investigate this matter and, in the end, there is insufficient evidence to prove that any individual committed a criminal offense," Williams said in a press release on Monday. "My job is not to decide if anyone acted appropriately or not. My job is to determine if evidence exists to charge any individual with a crime. I do that by looking at all the facts. That is what we did here. My decision today is consistent with my commitment to the citizens of Philadelphia to charge, and only charge, those people who, based on evidence, are guilty of crimes."
McCoy met with Williams shortly after the incident, according to the local WPVI TV. Williams said he was carefully examining all the evidence and that he didn't want to "rush to judgement."
Williams was criticized by the head of Philadelphia's police union for "overthinking" the case and taking too much time.
"I think they're investigating too much," John McNesby, president of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, said in a radio interview after the incident, via the Buffalo News. "They need to just move on with it. If he does not charge the group of individuals that were there that night, that's an absolute disrespect to Philadelphia police officers."
The Bills released a short statement stating following the release of the video, saying they were aware of the issue, and in the process of gathering more information. The league is unlikely to discipline him, however:
McCoy has only been with the team for one year -- of his five-year, $40 million contract -- and despite lingering hamstring issues, gained 895 yards on 203 attempts yet had only three touchdowns.
McCoy was traded to the Bills during the tumultuous Chip Kelly era with the Eagles, and the running back still owns a home in Philadelphia.