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LeSean McCoy will not face NFL discipline for role in February bar brawl

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy will not face any NFL discipline after being investigated by Philadelphia police following a February bar brawl.

McCoy was not charged in the incident, and The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci first reported Wednesday that the league issued the following statement from spokesman Brian McCarthy: "Our review is concluded. No further action."

Last week, the Pennsylvania attorney general's office closed its investigation into the case, which it reviewed after Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams announced in April that McCoy and three other suspects would not be charged for their role in a fight that left two off-duty police officers hospitalized.

That decision came with intense criticism from John McNesby, president of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police.

“Apparently, assaults recorded on video are prosecuted everywhere except in Philadelphia, particularly when the victims are police officers,” McNesby wrote in a letter to members. “In Philadelphia, a vicious assault on off-duty police officers by a rich athlete and his friends goes completely unpunished. Serious and permanent injuries were inflicted on these officers as a result of a brutal assault captured on film, but a season-ticket hunting District Attorney refuses to do his sworn job and prosecute the attackers.”

In a letter to McNesby last week, Pennsylvania Solicitor General Bruce Castor said after reviewing the case, his office will not take the case over. The fight at Recess Lounge that broke out on the morning of Super Bowl Sunday started over ownership of a bottle of champagne.

“While it is clear that a physical altercation took place and several people were injured, there is insufficient credible evidence to determine which of the participants was the initial aggressor, or whether some participants were acting in self defense or in the reasonable defense of another,” Williams said in April in announcing there would be no criminal charges filed.

 

McCoy, who has not spoken publicly about the incident, missed some of spring practices with an ankle injury, but should be on the field when the Bills report to training camp later this month at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford.

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