LeSean McCoy won't face charges for role in Philly bar brawl
The case is officially closed for former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.
The case is closed for former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.
A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office confirmed to Philly.com that it has dismissed its investigation of a February bar brawl in Old City involving McCoy that left two off-duty Philadelphia police officers hospitalized.
"Solicitor General Bruce Castor made the decision not to supersede Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams' decision not to press charges," spokesperson Jeffrey Johnson said.
In a letter written to Philadelphia police union president John McNesby obtained by Philly.com, Castor makes it clear he didn't think Williams' opinion constituted an "abuse of discretion" that warranted taking over the case.
"In his shoes, might I have decided the matter differently? Perhaps," Castor notes in the letter.
The attorney general's office made the decision to review the case at the request of McNesby, who has been outspoken about McCoy's involvement in the brawl over a champagne bottle at Recess Lounge.
"It is our job to charge the right people and only charge them with the right crimes," Williams said during a press conference in April, adding: "I am very satisfied that we did the right thing."
McNesby, who could not be reached immediately for comment, blasted Williams' decision back in April, calling it "an outrageous cover-up and dereliction of duty by a public official." He also suggested the running back received special treatment "because McCoy is a prominent professional athlete."
McNesby wasn't alone in his criticism of McCoy. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney was incensed after watching the surveillance video.
"If he wants to pound our officers and stomp our officers, then he needs to pay the price and answer for his actions," Kenney told CBS Philadelphia following the incident. "In addition to punches being thrown, there were some kicks that looked as if they were being leveled and that's unconscionable and it's cowardly."
According to police reports, McCoy and three other men allegedly assaulted three off-duty officers in a dispute over a bottle of champagne at the Recess Lounge on Feb. 7. The fight left two officers in the hospital with injuries ranging from a broken rip to eye lacerations.
McCoy's attorney Dennis Cogan has maintained all along that McCoy was innocent.
"LeSean did nothing wrong," Cogan told NFL.com's Mike Garafolo.""He merely tried to break up a fight and he went through (expletive) over nothing,"