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God, I love the interwebs. Only there could a reporter complain about not interacting with a player and then get a response from said player, who remarks that said reporter is lying, and thereby, the two are interacting.

Les Bowen, as he’s been known to do, griped on Twitter about access, today mentioning that LeSean McCoy was avoiding the media on breakup day. McCoy took exception to the remark and, because it’s 2014, gave Les the access he wanted… via the Tweets:


This is a fun little chirp-fest, but as I said before, I really wasn’t ready for offseason Eagles stuff. Shady is much better on the field – or an ironic sweatshirt, for that matter – than he is on Twitter.

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pic via FOX Sports

pic via FOX Sports

1,607 yards.

Video after the jump. Continue Reading…

Not the actual plane the Eagles fly on

Not the actual plane the Eagles fly on

The image of LeSean McCoy laughing and announcing to his team on their flight home from Minnesota that Tony Romo threw yet another pick and did his best to help the Eagles’ chances is one I’d like to roll around with in the snow whilst giggling. It’s just so delightful, and much better than the one of him kicking a whore off a party bus.

Last night, McCoy told Anthony Gargano and Ike Reese on WIP that he was the only player on the plane checking the score on his phone as Tony Romo urinated victory into the (Packer) hands of defeat:

“Hey, bud what’s that score? Hey, buddy what’s that score?,” McCoy said laughing, doing his best Howie Roseman impression.

“I said, ‘yeah [Tony] Romo he threw a 37 yard pass, touchdown’. They’re like, ‘really?’ I’m like ‘na, he threw a pick actually’. Because nobody had knew except for me, so whatever I said they had to believe,” McCoy said. “I was just joking with some of the players. When I was talking to Chip [Kelly] and Howie [Roseman] I was serious.”

Listen to the audio here. Bonus audio of Gargano explaining to McCoy possible scenarios.

via CBS Philly

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Pic via Eagles’ Twitter

LeSean McCoy broke Steve Van Buren’s record of 205 rushing yards in a single game – set in 1949 – with 217 yards on 29 carries for an average of 7.5 yards per. He had 148 yards… in the fourth quarter. Fly.

UPDATE: More great work from the Eagles’ social media folks:

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H/T to reader Rick

Yeah, I have no idea either. Better than a Cowboys jacket?

H/T to readers Mike and Anthony

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It’s usually Flyers writers mouthing their subjects. But Bob Grotz of the Delco Times managed to show just how shallow and easily-won-over local, access-seeking sportswriters can be.

I don’t know LeSean McCoy. I’ve never met him. But doing what I do I’ve heard from more than one person that early-career success has, at least a bit, gone to his head. His Twitter feud with his baby mama and a lawsuit which alleges that he and his boys assaulted and threw a woman off a party bus on the NJ Turnpike buoy that claim. McCoy has created a bit of a troublemaker image for himself.

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Over time, it’s easy enough for any athlete or celebrity to shed such a non-damning image. Time and a few gentle deeds will win-over most observers. Or, if you’re Grotz, one charity softball game – that McCoy showed up late to – is enough to alleviate any character concerns: [Delco Times]

For a while there, LeSean McCoy sure didn’t seem like the guy you would want pitching an ALS Society fundraiser.

The fierceness that made McCoy a Pro Bowl running back with the Eagles two years ago got the ultimate competitor in trouble off the field.

But Saturday, McCoy didn’t seem remotely like the guy who went toe-to-toe on Twitter with the mother of his son, an ugly exchange in which he ultimately apologized to the woman and to the public.

He didn’t seem at all like the guy who commissioned the so-called “party bus” in which one of the female passengers allegedly was jettisoned at a rest area on the New Jersey Turnpike after reportedly claiming she was assaulted. Police said no charges were filed.

Saturday night, McCoy was simply the ambassador of the second LeSean McCoy Charity Softball Game at Clipper Magazine Stadium, home of the Independent League Lancaster Barnstormers. The event pitting NFL players against McCoy and the Eagles raises funds and awareness for ALS, the disease that claimed McCoy’s late grandmother, Maryann Branch.

Arriving fashionably late, McCoy went right to work, defeating Torrey Smith of the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the home run derby and then drilling another dinger in the game.

Well! Forget about the guy who abandoned his child and called its mother worthless. And forget about that whole party bus misunderstanding. McCoy showed up late to his own charity event and hit a home run. That’s what matters. You know who else shows up late to their own fundraiser? Dickheads.

As I said, I’ve never met McCoy. Maybe he’s a great guy, maybe he’s not. Maybe, like most NFL players, he’s somewhere in between good kid and murderer. That’s not the point. The point is that (sports and other) media is often too obsessed with gaining access to their subjects for often mundane, canned and scripted comments. This instead of actually questioning them. As such, you get lazy and favorable clichés so, next time, McCoy might talk to me.

Andrew Sullivan (one of the bloggers who is having success with a paywall) summed up this paradigm nicely in writing about the mainstream media’s terrible coverage of Ed Snowden (admittedly a much more important topic than LeSean McCoy being a troublemaker):

First, underlying a lot of this, is the MSM’s fear and loathing and envy of the blogger journalist. Notice that [NBC News' David] Gregory calls [Guardian reporter who broke Snowden story Glenn] Greenwald a “polemicist” – not a journalist. The difference, I presume, is that polemicists actually make people in power uncomfortable. Journalists simply do their best to get chummy with them in order to get exclusive tidbits that the powerful want you to know.

The point is, many writers – sports or otherwise – too often give favorable coverage to their subjects in order to continue, or further, their access.

Good for McCoy for hosting a charity event. But, newsflash: just about every major athlete has a foundation. It’s PR 101 for these guys. Hold a few events a year, raise some money, donate a portion to charity… and use the rest to pay for the event (some are better than others, and we’ll have a post on this soon). McCoy showing up late to a softball game does not shed his troublemaker image– it makes him just like his peers: Brent Celek, Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Lou Williams and, yes, Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson, all of whom have foundations.

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Let’s talk about those last two.

Here was the official press release for McCoy’s event, which cost anywhere from $10-$60 to attend:

Philadelphia Eagles’ All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy and the LeSean McCoy Foundation have released the names of several NFL players who have accepted the invitation to play in the 2nd Annual LeSean McCoy Celebrity Softball game at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, PA on Saturday, June 22nd at 7pm. The softball game will pit McCoy and his Eagle teammates against NFL All-Stars. DeSean Jackson, Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin are among McCoy’s Eagles’ teammates who have indicated they will be participating.

Guess who wasn’t there? Vick and Jackson. Guess who glossed over that whilst waxing poetic about McCoy? Grotz:

In addition to Maclin, Eagles teammates involved in the event were Brent Celek, Jamar Chaney, Brandon Graham and Jason Avant. Quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver DeSean Jackson canceled due to “last-minute obligations,” according to organizers.

I get the sense that, often, players are listed as attending these sorts of events without actually ever confirming their presence. It’s happened to Jackson before. So you can either blame McCoy, for promoting their supposed attendance, or blame Vick and Jackson. Here’s what the latter was doing on Saturday: Continue Reading…

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Photo courtesy Penn Live

LeSean McCoy held his second annual charity softball game this weekend (more on it tomorrow), and that’s where this happened: [Penn Live]

Officers responded to the fight at 8:30 p.m. and separated both men from one another, said Sgt. Bill Hickey, a city police spokesman. A woman was also believed involved in the fight, but only the two men were at the scene when officers arrived.

The fight broke out in the stands during the game, the second annual charity fundraising game put on by Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.

Nice job, Birds fans.

More pics over at Penn Live.

LeSean McCoy is having a bad offseason.

TMZ is reporting that McCoy is being sued by a woman who claims that she was assaulted and thrown off a party bus on the New Jersey Turnpike by McCoy and his “bodyguards.” If there could be a less sexy accusation, I’d love to see it: [TMZ]

NFL superstar LeSean McCoy has been sued by a woman who claims the running back humiliated her on a party bus — sprayed her with a beverage — and then booted her from the ride on the side of the Jersey Turnpike.

According to the lawsuit filed by a woman using the alias “Mary Roe” … the Philadelphia Eagles RB had invited 15 women to join him on a party bus that went from Philly to a NYC nightclub on December 18, 2012.

During the trip, the lawsuit alleges, McCoy, along with his bodyguard and a couple of other guys, began to spray some of the women with water.

Roe claims she protested the water spraying … so McCoy ordered his bodyguard Big John to “get her.”

In the suit, filed May 10 in Philadelphia, the woman claims McCoy and/or Big John proceeded to hit her in the face, causing her to fall to the ground.

While she was on the floor, the men allegedly physically restrained her and poured a beverage onto her hair, clothes and body.

And if things couldn’t get worse … the woman claims McCoy and Big John then forcibly ejected her from the party bus on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike.

And from the lawsuit itself: [Courthouse News]

It continues: “When plaintiff protested, McCoy directed Big John to ‘get her.’ Big John and/or McCoy then struck plaintiff in the face, causing her to fall to the ground, physically restrained her while she was lying on the ground, poured a beverage onto her hair, clothes, and body, and forcibly dragged and pushed her. McCoy ordered the driver to stop on the side of the highway, and after the driver did so, both Big John and McCoy then forcibly ejected plaintiff from the bus.

“After some of the guests complained about the ejection of plaintiff from the bus, Big John and McCoy forcibly placed her back into the bus and pushed her into a seat. When the bus stopped at a service area … plaintiff told McCoy the she had called the police. The party bus resumed its trip, leaving the plaintiff stranded at the rest stop. After reporting the assault to New Jersey State police, plaintiff needed to take two trains back to Philadelphia.”

All of this sounded like just NFLers being NFLers– throwin’ money in the air, rollin’ with 15 hoes to NYC, expecting any and every female within groping distance to participate in a wet t-shirt contest at any given moment, regardless of time and temperature. Standard issue. And consenting to hop on a “party bus” with an NFL player essentially signs you off on those things. Ditto for the risk of being thrown off the bus for being a wet blanket (no pun intended). But this line is bad bad, Joe Jackson bad: When plaintiff protested, McCoy directed Big John to ‘get her.’ Big John and/or McCoy then struck plaintiff in the face, causing her to fall to the ground, physically restrained her while she was lying on the ground, poured a beverage onto her hair, clothes, and body, and forcibly dragged and pushed her.

Here are McCoy’s Tweets from that day. Pretty innocuous:

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A little more than a month later, McCoy made an ass of himself with his public comments about his baby mama. From a PR standpoint, the only way he could be having a worse offseason is if we found out that he’s slower than his quarterback… ah, never mind.

UPDATE: The Eagles are aware of the lawsuit and have no comment. A source close to McCoy tells Jeff McLane that McCoy does not dispute kicking the woman off the bus (figurative, I assume), but that the rest of the allegations are false.

UPDATE 2: LeSean McCoy’s lawyer released a statement:

“The allegations against LeSean McCoy are completely, unequivocally false. There are no criminal charges pending and no probable cause was ever found. This is sadly an attempt to extract money and LeSean will vigorously defend any attempt to collect money through a personal injury claim.”

So, there’s that.