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Accusations of preferential treatment are made as Philadelphia DA reportedly meets with LeSean McCoy's defense team

The decision on whether Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy will be charged for his role in a Philadelphia nightclub brawl might get some clarity Tuesday.

Stress might.

A day of conflicting reports out of the city originally had McCoy scheduled to meet with District Attorney R. Seth Williams, only to see that meeting called off by McCoy's lawyers – who were reportedly worried about a "media circus" developing, according to CSNphilly.com.

The latest from the City of Brotherly Love is that those same attorneys for McCoy have indeed met with Williams late Tuesday afternoon.

In the mean time, the city's district attorney is being accused of giving preferential treatment to McCoy – an accusation that was promptly denied.

Philadelphia TV station WPVI reported just after 4 p.m. Tuesday that McCoy's attorney, Dennis Cogan, was meeting with prosecutors. It was not immediately known whether McCoy was in attendance, although the station reported that he was not believed to be there. The station first reported Tuesday that a meeting was planned.

Before it occurred, CSNphilly.com reporter John Gonzalez tweeted that it had been called off.

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According to Gonzalez, McCoy's representatives were not happy that news of of a meeting with Williams had been leaked.

That led to John McNesby, the president of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, accusing the district attorney's office of giving McCoy special treatment.

“If that’s not preferential treatment,” McNesby told csnphilly.com, “I don’t know what is.”

McNesby told the website it was "bizarre" Williams would meet with either McCoy or his attorneys.

A spokesman for the district attorney's office later told csnphilly.com that such a meeting is not unusual, and happens when an attorney's client requests one.

"That’s part of our investigation. This is not an issue of preferential treatment. This is an issue of conducting a thorough investigation," the spokesman told the website.

McCoy, 27, has been under investigation along with three other suspects since the early morning hours of Feb. 7, when a fight erupted inside Recess nightclub in the Old City section of Philadelphia. Two off-duty police officers were hospitalized following the brawl.

The fight, which started at about 2:45 a.m., was allegedly over ownership of a bottle of champagne. Video footage of the brawl shot on a smartphone was released days later.

McNesby, the president of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, publicly wondered why the investigation was taking so long – especially considering the video evidence that is available.

“The video speaks for itself,” he told The Buffalo News last week. “I mean, listen, this wasn’t a pushing-and-shoving match. This was an all-out, severe assault. If that’s not the definition of aggravated assault, I don’t know what is. So I would expect charges. I would have expected them sooner than later, but I guess they’re doing a little bit more thorough of an investigation because they’re going to be scrutinized by Philadelphians, by people in Buffalo, by the NFL, by everybody. They want to get it right.”

Williams issued what has been to date his only statement on the investigation shortly thereafter.

"My only goal is to get it right, not fast," he said. "I’m only going to operate on one timeline: The timeline that ends when all of the evidence is collected, has been reviewed and I have made the decision to charge or not charge a case."

Reports out of Philadelphia have indicated that the delay in charges has caused a rift between the city's police department and the district attorney's office.

"I guess he wants to keep his batting average up," McNesby told csnphilly.com Tuesday, indicating Williams is hesitant to issue an arrest warrant unless he's sure it's a case he can successfully prosecute.

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