LeSean McCoy has again denied having any involvement with an alleged home invasion that left his ex-girlfriend bloodied and bruised last summer at a house he owns outside Atlanta.
"People will believe what they want. I mean this from the bottom of my heart – I had nothing to do with it," the Buffalo Bills' running back said Wednesday during an appearance on ESPN's "First Take." "I can’t dive too much into it, just because it’s an ongoing investigation right now, it’s active, but like I said, if you know me, you know what type of person I am.
"I’ve never been in trouble with the law my whole career, my whole life. I have two good parents at home that raised me the right way. My older brother is a big role model for me."
Show co-host Molly Qerim Rose then asked McCoy if he wanted to say anything to the women who have accused him of domestic abuse, as well as abusing his son and his dog.
"I’ve never been involved with anything like that, ever," he said. "I’ve never hit a woman. I’ve never put my hands on a woman. I never beat my son. All that stuff is nonsense. But like I said, at the end, you know, we’ll figure it out and you’ll see the truth."
McCoy also for the first time publicly explained why he was benched for the first play of the game in Week 16 against New England.
"The honest truth about that is, I was late (for) the bus to the game," he said. "One thing about (coach Sean) McDermott, he’s fair. I’m a captain, and he held me fully responsible for it. From the guy we picked up yesterday to the starter to the all-star, I mean everybody has the same rules, and it was fair."
McCoy, 30, is coming off the worst season of his 10-year career. He finished 2018 with 161 carries for 514 yards, an average of just 3.2 yards per rush. Those were easily the lowest of his career. The Bills, however, have publicly committed to McCoy returning in 2019, believing he can rediscover his Pro Bowl form.
"Some things I can control, and some things I can’t control," he said. "The thing off the field, I can’t control that. But what I can control is the way I conduct myself as a captain of my team. It was a tough year. It really was, especially for myself. You talk about the age, but I can still play. Since I’ve been on the Bills, I’ve been a Pro Bowler. Not no alternate and all this getting picked because somebody didn’t want to play."
McCoy said that he expected last season would be difficult, particularly for a running back, because of the losses the Bills experienced along the offensive line.
"Our best lineman, Richie Incognito, he kind of retired due to a contract situation," McCoy said. "I think our biggest puzzle to our offensive line, Eric Wood, he had a neck injury, he retired. That was two veterans, and then we traded Cordy Glenn, who’s a pretty good left tackle, so that’s three veteran guys with experience that leave. People think because of my resume and how good I’ve done in my career, that I can just turn on and off. It’s not like that. I didn’t play well this year, also."
McCoy also referenced the shuffling of quarterbacks as a reason for the offense's struggles. Four different quarterbacks started during the 16-game season, and rookie Josh Allen missed four games because of an elbow injury.
"So I mean it was a tough year overall," McCoy said. "But the good thing is, I’ll bounce back. I always do. I think the guys in the front office with Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane, they’ll get the right guys. We’re not far at all. I’ve been a dog since I been 8 years old, man. So I’ll bounce back, and then we’ll have this same talk next year. Hopefully we’ll be in the (Super) Bowl and playoffs, making some noise."
The majority of McCoy's interview, however, centered on the off-the-field investigation that the NFL is continuing. He was asked if he was worried about the status of his playing career based on that investigation.
"I’m not at all," McCoy said. "I know what type of person I am. All I can do is wait, and everything will reveal itself at the end."
McCoy expressed frustration about the reporting on the outcome of an investigation that he assaulted two off-duty police officers during a bar brawl in Philadelphia in early 2016.
"I had an incident with the police, OK, and they said that I beat up these cops, I did all this stuff, in Philadelphia," he said. "They show these pictures of these people’s faces is all beat up, right, and then they investigate everything and then nothing happened, right? You know what happens? They don’t say a word, 'Oh, LeSean McCoy didn’t do it.' They just let it go.
"You know why? Because the story is better and bigger when it’s going on, you know what I’m saying? ‘Oh, he did this, he did that.’ But then when it was clear, like nobody ever came to my defense – 'Oh, he didn’t do it.' So I’m not about to sit here and try to fight for the public’s opinion, you know because you can’t win that."
McCoy said the nature of social media leads people to believe allegations, even if they haven't been proved.
"I think in this day and age, whenever somebody says something, especially on social media, it’s a visual thing and everybody just believes it," he said. "You know, so the NFL, they’re investigating also right now. They’re still going through it. They’re investigating me and the situation. But that’s it. I can just be honest with them."