Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy has hired a high-powered Atlanta defense attorney after his ex-girlfriend whom he was trying to evict from his house in Georgia reported that a man broke into the house early Tuesday morning and physically assaulted her.
Attorney Donald Samuel of the firm Garland, Samuel and Loeb is representing McCoy, his office confirmed.
Samuel has represented several NFL players, including Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens in his 2000 murder trial and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers when he was accused of sexual assault in 2010. The murder charges against Lewis were dropped and he ended up pleading guilty to obstruction of justice. Roethlisberger was never charged.
McCoy was expected to arrive in Georgia Wednesday, a day after a woman posted a graphic image on her Instagram account of the ex-girlfriend, Delicia Cordon, covered in blood. The woman, who described herself as Cordon’s best friend, blamed McCoy for the attack.
McCoy issued a denial on his Twitter account Tuesday: "For the record, the totally baseless and offensive claims made against me today on social media are completely false."
The Bills said Tuesday that they have been in contact with McCoy and the NFL. The league said it is reviewing the situation but had no further comment.
Jacoby Hudson, another Georgia lawyer who previously represented McCoy, and Cordon’s attorney, Tanya Mitchell Graham, both said that McCoy was trying to evict Cordon from the house.
Hudson told The News Wednesday that he represented McCoy in 2017 when he tried to have Cordon evicted. Hudson said he didn’t know anything about the current allegations.
In 2017, he said McCoy and Cordon had broken up and that he wanted Cordon to move out of his house in Alpharetta, an Atlanta suburb.
“They had a dispute and he called the police,” Hudson said. The attorney said Cordon was arrested on an outstanding warrant that he thought was related to failing to appear on a traffic violation.
McCoy later voluntarily dropped the case, Hudson said.
Hudson said McCoy was in Miami on Tuesday and was expected to arrive in Atlanta Wednesday.
According to a press release from Cordon’s attorney, McCoy tried to evict Cordon again this June. The attorney said Cordon was out of town when on June 1, “McCoy had his family, friends, and laborers attempt to wrongfully evict Ms. Cordon from the residence.”
Cordon observed this on security footage live streamed to her cellphone, lawyers said.
She called police who stopped the eviction. Then on June 6, McCoy began eviction proceedings which Cordon’s attorney was contesting.
Graham said Cordon had returned from a trip to London on Monday. At about 3 a.m. Tuesday, Cordon said she was sleeping in the house when a man entered the residence, assaulted her and “demanded specific items of jewelry that had been previously gifted to Ms. Cordon by Mr. McCoy, which Mr. McCoy had requested back on many occasions,” Graham said in the news release.
The man pistol-whipped Cordon and also hit her cousin who was staying with her. Cordon suffered injuries to her head, face and arms, Graham said. The cousin was hit in the back of the head, Graham said.
The Milton, Ga., Police Department is investigating the case. No suspects have been named and no charges have been filed.
On Thursday, the Milton Police released a heavily redacted police report of the Tuesday morning incident.