A source with knowledge of the investigation confirmed John Gonzalez’s reporting of the incident allegedly involving LeSean McCoy at Recess nightclub at around 2:45 a.m. Sunday morning– that former Pitt football player Tamarcus Porter was the aggressor and McCoy, Curtis Brinkley and Christopher Henderson became involved in a fight after Porter and off-duty Philly police officer Roland Butler began to argue over the ownership of a bottle of champagne. A melee ensued, and CSN reports that two officers suffered broken ribs, one of whom may have also suffered a skull fracture.
According to our source, police have spoken to the officers involved in the incident, at least one of whom was said to be “fucked up” – an actual quote from the source – and their accounts match those given by security and staff from Recess. Warrants are reportedly being sought, perhaps to include McCoy, who, according to a bargoer who witnessed the fight, was involved and appeared to kick someone in the pile. Police may release security video they have of McCoy and friends leaving Recess after the altercation. Security cameras inside the club were “not working” at the time of the incident. [UPDATE: Mike Garafolo reports that law enforcement sources expect a warrant for McCoy with self-surrender allowed by mid-week.]
Using other images of McCoy from late Saturday night-Sunday morning, and a video posted and since-deleted from Twitter but still being shown on 6 ABC, we may be able to identify McCoy in the short video of the fracas. In other words, we Zaprudered the film.
First, McCoy was spotted having a late dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse, where he wore a dark shirt and a thick, puffy jacket:
Later, apparently after the altercation, at around 3:45 a.m., reader Tim from TheArmCrush.com bumped into McCoy at the Westin in Center City:
Tim, who was coming from a wedding reception, says he saw McCoy, who didn’t appear to have a scratch on him, checking in to the hotel with his “entourage”:
I told my friends about the sighting the next day and how Shady seemed annoyed. There were two girls with him and I started making the assumption that they may have been in an argument so that’s why he seemed to cold. Now that I know about this altercation that has to be the reason he was upset. He was pacing a bit behind where this photo was taken over by the back bar. His boy who I now think was Curtis took the photo for me and the rest of them were sitting around the sofas in front of me at this point. I def felt it was odd that they were checking in so late at night.
Tim said he spoke to one of McCoy’s companions – whom he thinks may have been Curtis Brinkley – about the Super Bowl, and saw another companion, described as having “long dreadlocks” (which could have been Porter), holding a large bottle of Hennessy.
As you can see, McCoy was wearing the same thing both before and after the fight, and, at least in the latter photo, what appears to be a black t-shirt, gold chain, and bright, bright shoes. The person who sent us this video said McCoy was not wearing the jacket during the fight.
It’s the bling that may identify him in the video.
We were able to slow down and brighten the original HD video shot on an iPhone 6. Doing so reveals a bright shoe, similar to the one worn by McCoy, entering the altercation between a staff member and, it appears, someone swinging a bottle:
A few seconds later, we see the person who appears to be the one wearing those shoes getting pulled out of the pile. Several frames show what looks like a gold or diamond stud in his ear:
McCoy indeed had one in that night:
We also catch a glimpse of a necklace:
Just moments later, someone who appears to be the same person who entered the scrum wearing bright shoes is pulled off-frame and can be seen with some sort of bling on both wrists:
We don’t know what McCoy had on his wrists that night, since they’re covered in photos, but a check of his Instagram reveals that he frequently keeps his wrists encased in ice:
What’s more is that the person we believe to be McCoy in the video is in the same spot as what looks to be McCoy in the video originally posted to Twitter and now being used by 6 ABC:
Note the location of the guy in the white shirt with blue writing– his placement jibes with the placement of the person we believe to be McCoy, now just off-frame here:
Was this McCoy? You decide.
See anything? Have more video? Let us know.
Jim Adair also contributed to this post