Tanya Mitchell Graham wants to set the record straight.
The lawyer for Delicia Cordon said in an email to The Buffalo News on Friday that her client “believes very strongly” that Bills running back LeSean McCoy “had some involvement” in the home invasion and assault that occurred July 10 at the Georgia residence that McCoy owns.
“She absolutely thinks Mr. McCoy had something to do with it,” Graham said in response to emailed questions from The News. “She believes anyone else involved was likely contacted by someone else on behalf of Mr. McCoy.”
Graham said she wanted to clear up any confusion that stemmed from an interview she did last week that left some believing she and her client were backtracking on their assertion that McCoy was somehow involved in the incident.
“I mentioned that I had a conversation with our client about the ‘criminal burden of proof,’ which is a higher standard than a civil burden of proof, and ‘probable cause’ – legal terms,” she said. “At this time, there is circumstantial evidence, which is not significant enough probable cause for an arrest; so, I said you can't blame Mr. McCoy without additional evidence.
“This matter is under investigation, and we should allow the City of Milton Police and their detectives to do their job. I think either the way I said that, or the way it was interpreted caused some confusion to suggest that my client was backtracking. She is not. I was just trying to explain the legalities of the incident.”
McCoy has denied he was involved in the incident. He said he was in Miami at the time.
Milton police said entry into the house was not random, but the department has not named a suspect or filed charges and offered no new details Friday. Graham has said her client described the robber as a short black man wearing a mask and all-black clothing. He demanded cash and specific items of jewelry that McCoy gave Cordon as birthday presents, the lawyer said. Then the intruder hit her in the face with a handgun several times, she said. Graham said two Cartier bracelets were taken.
Graham said Cordon did not suffer any broken bones or fractures but has been traumatized.
“She still has some visible bruising and swelling,” she said.
Graham confirmed that Cordon has moved out of the five-bedroom home she shared with McCoy.
“She had already been looking since about June 1,” she said. “She still has some remaining items to retrieve from that home, however.”
Police records show officers responded to three calls over the past year to McCoy's house. On one occasion, the couple argued over jewelry, records show. Court filings show McCoy has tried to have Cordon removed from the house over the same time period and to retrieve items he believed belonged to him. The next hearing was scheduled for Aug. 14 in the Fulton County courthouse in Atlanta.
Graham was asked if the fact Cordon has moved out of the house will have any impact on that eviction hearing.
“The matter would then be moot; so, we have to see how Mr. McCoy's attorney will respond,” she replied.
The Bills’ first practice of training camp is scheduled for Thursday at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford. The team has not commented publicly since a statement last week saying they were aware of the allegations made against McCoy on social media. The NFL also has not commented beyond saying it was reviewing the matter.
There is no indication whether McCoy will be in attendance when camp opens.
News Staff Reporter Mark Sommer contributed to this report.