No, LeSean McCoy may not be in the clear quite yet.
Twelve days after District Attorney Seth Williams decided not to file criminal charges against the Buffalo Bills running back (or anyone else) for involvement in a fight at a Philadelphia nightclub, Pennsylvania Solicitor General Bruce Castor said the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office is now reviewing the case.
“I think it’s completely accurate to say LeSean McCoy and anyone else allegedly involved in this incident are not totally cleared,” Castor told Eyewitness News in Philadelphia.
Castor added that the Attorney General office investigators have visited the Central Detection Division and spoken with detectives there, in addition to examining evidence — including videos of the incident. The office has no time frame for its second look of the case.
The Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby requested a review of the case.
“There’s a lot about this case that isn’t known,” McNesby said. “We just want a fresh set of eyes to take a look at it.”
In a phone interview with Philadelphia’s Eyewitness News, McCoy’s attorney, Dennis Cogan, said he had “high regard for Bruce Castor.”
“I am confident he will find no abuse of discretion in the DA’s decision not to prosecute,” said Cogan.
The station also reached out to the DA who originally cleared McCoy less than two weeks ago.
Williams, in an email, stood by his decision to not issue charges saying that his officers “worked diligently to investigate this matter and, in the end, there was not adequate evidence to prove that any individual committed a criminal offense.”
Of course, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could still punish McCoy regardless of the PA Attorney General's findings.
NFL Network reported that McCoy was not expected to face any punishment by the league, while ESPN then reported there's been no decision by the league yet on whether or not to discipline McCoy.
The Bills traded for the mercurial running back last off-season and signed him to a five-year, $40 million contract. After battling a hamstring injury in September, he became the centerpiece of Buffalo’s offense in rushing for 895 yards on 203 attempts (4.4 avg.) with three touchdowns in 12 games, with another 32 receptions for 292 yards and two touchdowns. McCoy particularly found a rhythm with the left side of the Bills' offensive line as Buffalo led the NFL in rushing.
He’s backed up by 2015 fifth-rounder Karlos Williams and late-season pickup Mike Gillislee.