An attorney for Bills running back LeSean McCoy told Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News Wednesday that his client “did nothing wrong” in the Feb. 7 nightclub brawl that sent two off-duty police officers to the hospital.
As of Wednesday, no charges had been filed in the incident, which also involved three other men who were with McCoy and a third off-duty police officer.
“We continue to investigate,” Cameron Kline, a spokesman for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, told The News on Wednesday.
However, a source close to the investigation later told The News that the DA’s office would likely hold a news conference to share its findings in the case on Thursday, “Friday at the latest.” It was unclear if that also meant arrest warrants would be issued. If so, according to another source close to the situation, anyone charged would be instructed to turn himself in.
“We’re awaiting a decision by the DA’s office,” said Dennis Cogan, one of two Philadelphia-based criminal defense attorneys representing McCoy. “We trust that they are really taking time to consider all the surrounding circumstances. But I’m here to say and I’m telling you that McCoy did nothing wrong, nothing wrong. And he was sober. The questions will have to be asked about the conditions of other people.”
Said Larry Krasner, McCoy’s other criminal defense attorney, “The last information we had from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office came (Feb. 11) and it was that there would be nothing before this Wednesday (Feb. 17), which has come and gone. So we look forward to hearing more information about this increasingly lengthy investigation.”
The snail’s pace of the investigation into the fight that took place at Recess Lounge – a private, after-hours social club – has raised eyebrows in legal and law-enforcement circles.
“It’s truly extraordinary to have this kind of a delay in this kind of case,” a source close to the situation told The News. “It’s not a six-month investigation where there’s wiretaps and surveillance and confidential informants placed inside of a drug organization. This is, essentially, a simple bar fight. And it raises all sorts of questions about the extent to which the prosecutor’s office is confident in the information that’s been provided them.”