The investigation into Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy’s alleged involvement in a brawl early Sunday morning at a Philadelphia nightclub that left two off-duty police officers hospitalized is now in the hands of the city’s District Attorney’s Office.
Cameron Kline, communications director for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, confirmed Tuesday that police have wrapped up their end of the investigation of the incident, which took place at Recess Lounge. The DA’s “charging unit” will now decide whether to press charges in the case.
“They review all of the paperwork and evidence from the Police Department on crimes and alleged crimes,” Kline told The Buffalo News. “That evidence and paperwork is here, and our unit will review that and make a decision on if there will be charges, who will be charged, and what those charges will be.”
Two videos have surfaced that appear to show McCoy participating in the brawl. In one of them, posted by the website TMZ on Tuesday morning, a man resembling McCoy is clearly visible. In the 33-second clip, that man, wearing a black T-shirt, can be seen entering the brawl and throwing a punch at a man on the ground.
Later in the video, which is edited, he is pushed back into a bucket of ice. The next frame clearly shows his face as he appears to be held back by other people, one of whom can be heard yelling “chill!”
TMZ reported that a Philadelphia police source said “We believe the man in the red boxers who gets pulled into the ice bucket is LeSean McCoy.”
Jeff Chrusch, a spokesman with the Philadelphia Police Department’s public affairs office, emailed The Buffalo News the following Tuesday afternoon:
“The Philadelphia Police Department is reviewing videos from multiple sources, including the one posted by TMZ Sports. No arrest warrants have been issued at this time. When/if arrest warrants are issued, investigators will proceed with speaking to the suspects involved.”
Both Fox Sports and ESPN have reported that arrest warrants are expected at some point this week.
In a statement released Monday, Philadelphia police said they have surveillance video from outside the club when all participants in the brawl were ejected, but that cameras inside the club were not operational.
Crossingbroad.com posted the first video of the fight, a clip taken on an iPhone from inside the club, which is in the Old City section of Philadelphia. The clip, which runs for 1:36, was slowed down, and the website freezes the video and blows up the shot in an effort to identify McCoy.
A third video was aired on the website of Philadelphia television station WPVI-TV. The 37-second clip does not include any footage of the brawl, but shows a clearly agitated man who resembles McCoy and is wearing the same clothing as the person in the video obtained by TMZ. The TV station reported that McCoy’s representatives were “calling around” Monday looking for a defense attorney.
That search is apparently over. ESPN reported Tuesday that McCoy has hired Philadelphia defense attorney Jack McMahon.
The dispute began at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday morning, allegedly over a bottle of champagne. McCoy is one of four suspects who are being investigated for the assault of off-duty police officers Darnell Jessie and Roland Butler, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, both of whom are 40 years old and 11-year veterans of the force.
According to police, Butler fell to the ground after being punched and was then “punched, kicked and stomped about his body and head multiple times by all four suspects.”
He was treated for a laceration to his right eye, broken nose, broken ribs and a sprained thumb after driving himself to the hospital. Jessie, who reportedly stepped in to break up the fight, also was admitted to the hospital and received eight stitches over his left eye and treatment for a possible skull fracture, police said.
A third member of the force, Sgt. Daniel Ayers, was with the other officers, according to Philadelphia media reports, but was not injured.
McCoy spent six seasons with the Eagles before being traded to the Bills last March. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has not responded to voicemails and text messages from The Buffalo News requesting comment. TMZ reported that Rosenhaus had “no comment” when contacted by the website.
The Bills issued the following statement Monday: “We are aware of the reports regarding LeSean McCoy and are in the process of gathering more information. We will not provide any further comment at this time.”
A spokesman said Tuesday the team was standing by its original statement.