LeSean McCoy was traded to the Buffalo Bills in March. Since then, yeah, it's been an eventful year.
No arrest warrants have been issued yet this week. The District Attorney on the case reportedly wants to be thorough before pinpointing potential charges. Until then, let's look back at McCoy's first season with the Bills. From female-only party invitations on Instagram to signs of still being an elite back to a reunion with Chip Kelly to this week, it's been... interesting.
Here's the timeline.
March 3: Bills pull off blockbuster trade for Eagles RB LeSean McCoy, sending away LB Kiko Alonso. An offense in need of a identity finds an identity with McCoy set to lead Rex Ryan's latest installation of "ground and pound."
May 6: McCoy insinuates that his former head coach, Chip Kelly, is a racist. To ESPN The Magazine, he says "You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest. That’s the truth." Into June, he backs away from those remarks, saying "I have nothing more really to say about it."
July 23: He's having a party. On Instagram, McCoy posts an invitation to a private party that'll be held "10 p.m. - until." Two requirements? "Females only" and "21+ a must." Anyone heading to the party would need to also sign a confidentiality agreement. After a huge wave of backlash, McCoy amends his party on Instagram, joking that Donald Trump would be the DJ and he'd invite Barack Obama, Rex Ryan, Chip Kelly, Roger Goodell, Carli Lloyd and Oprah Winfrey.
July 31: McCoy cancels the females-only party and then, Day 1 of training camp, assures “For the record, there was no weird orgy thing going on.” Alrighty, then. McCoy also said it was all taken out of context and that "I didn’t think it was that serious, but I can see where people would take it the wrong way. ... I don’t really judge people off that. I judge them off their work, their production, the way I deal with them. And if somebody’s excellent and doing well, women or man, I don’t think it matters. At all. That’s what I go off of with anybody. It’s all about production."
August 18: In a joint practice with the Cleveland Browns at St. John Fisher, McCoy pulls his hamstring. He tries to return too soon and the injury lingers through the first month of the regular season.
Oct. 29: Pro Football Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas offers his support for McCoy through a rocky start to his Bills career.
"I can tell: the guy’s a player. He really is a baller,” Thomas said then. “I’m surprised – to this point – that we even still got him. To me, you just don’t give up a guy like that. Obviously the guy has put up numbers and I know at the running back position, people say you’re going to hit that wall. He’s been injury-free, maybe missing games here and there but nothing like a knee ligament or needing surgery.
“Hopefully we can get him full go because I believe that, still at this point, he can be one of the best backs in the National Football League.”
Nov. 14: Once McCoy gets healthy, he starts looking like the McCoy of old. A lost running game began to find itself midseason with McCoy ripping Miami and New York for 112 yards in back-to-back wins. That blockbuster trade was starting to pay off with the Bills' rushing attack eventually finishing No. 1 in the NFL. Running to the left side of the line, behind Cordy Glenn and Richie Incognito, McCoy was particularly effective.
Dec. 9: It's Bills/Eagles Week. And it did not disappoint. On a conference call with Bills reporters, Eagles coach Chip Kelly is asked if he'll be shaking McCoy's hand before Philadelphia's game against Buffalo. Kelly says "I'd love to shake LeSean's hand. ... I tried to call him after. And I talked to his agent after we traded him. I always wanted to talk to LeSean. Again, I have no issues with LeSean at all. He has a great personality, an infectious personality. I have tremendous respect for LeSean."
Dec. 9: Word gets to McCoy that Kelly would love to shake his hand and, no, he's not buying it. A defiant McCoy says later in the same day that "Chip can't shake (expletive). At all. Nothing." Indeed, emotions were running high heading into McCoy's Philadelphia reunion.
“I’m not talking to Chip," McCoy added. "We’ve got nothing to talk about. He can’t call me. He can’t shake my hand. There’s nothing he can do with me. He can’t say (expletive) to me, so it’s simple as that. I don’t dislike him. I don’t have anything against him. But there’s nothing for us to talk about. He knows that! He knows me. He knows who I am. He knows how I act. There’s nothing he can tell me.”
Moody. Hypercompetitive. Outlandish. Compassion. Inspiration. Free. Hungry.
There's a lot to the man. And there may not be another player like him in the NFL.
His brother, LeRon, points out that McCoy usually bolts right to the locker room when his team loses. "He’s an emotional guy,” LeRon said. “He plays with a lot of emotion. He’s not a player who accepts defeat or rejection. … He takes things personal.”
Dec. 13: The game arrives and it's a tale of two halves for McCoy. After kissing the Eagle logo at midfield, the back had 79 total yards from scrimmage in the firs half, though only 23 in the second half. Immediately after the Bills lost to the Eagles, 23-20, you guessed it, McCoy heads right to the locker room without chatting with anyone on the field. He throws his helmet in disgust. And then, in the locker room, he refused to speak to the media.
Dec. 20: McCoy plays in just one more game, the 35-25 loss to Washington. His season ends with a knee injury. He's the team's lone, initial Pro Bowl selection.
Feb. 9: And now, this week, McCoy could now face charges in connection with a bar fight at a Philadelphia night club. The case is in the hands of the District Attorney who could issue an arrest warrant soon. A video published by TMZ shows McCoy as a participant in the fight, throwing a punch at someone on the ground. The two off-duty cops allegedly assaulted both suffered substantial injuries.