The Case Against LeSean McCoy May Have Just Unraveled

Longtime local reporter Ralph Cipriano laid out the version of events that may allow LeSean McCoy to walk free, perhaps rightfully.

Cipriano – who was described to me by one Philly media vet as “plugged in, but prone to exaggeration– the Sal Pal of the courts ” – was on the WIP morning show today talking about his piece for Big Trial, a site which appears to be a terrific piece of content marketing for The Beasley Firm (not involved in the McCoy case, to the best of my knowledge), in which he paints the off-duty cops as the aggressors in the fight at Recess, raising numerous questions about their behavior that night.

Normally I’d blockquote a portion of this, but there’s so much here that it’s hard to choose what to focus on. The gist of Cipriano’s version of events, which sounds like it’s also probably McCoy’s version of events, is that the off-duty officers and McCoy’s group had been at another club earlier in the night, without confrontation or incident. There were two women involved who were with the off-duty officers earlier in the night, and then at McCoy’s table when the officers showed up to Recess later on (football players, man). The bottle of champagne in question, which led to the fight, may or may not have been sent to McCoy’s table by one of the cops for one of the women, who may have been celebrating a birthday. There was some confusion over whose bottle it was and a fight ensued, instigated by one of the off-duty officers, according to Cipriano’s reporting.

What’s more, and what’s worse for police and the DA, is the insinuation that at least two of the officers were drunk, drove themselves through a police barricade on the way to Recess by flashing their badges, and that after the fight one of them drove himself to a hospital in Upper Darby, perhaps in an attempt to sober up. Oh, and something about a gun:

As McCoy was being led away from the melee, he felt someone shove him. He turned around and saw Sgt. Ayres standing beside another man. Sgt. Ayres got shoved. Then, a witness saw Sgt. Ayres reach for his firearm, a black 9 mm pistol. The witness told McCoy that Sgt. Ayres was a cop, and pulled McCoy away.

On the police side of the story, the gun presents another problem. According to a directive from the police commissioner, off-duty officers are not supposed to carry guns inside bars. Sgt. Dan may have some explaining to do.

There’s A LOT of speculation here, but these are the sorts of actions McCoy’s lawyers will shine a bright light on if this goes to trial.

Read Cipriano’s full piece here.

Meanwhile, ESPN’s John Barr asked the fraternal order of police and officer Darnell Jessie’s attorney about these claims – that the officers started the fight – and, well, neither party denied it:

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So now, it seems, we have an alernate version of events – certainly much different than Hollis Thomas’ version –  which paints the off-duty officers in just the world light possible. And, thus, the lack of charges.

The John Barr report is after the jump.


14 Responses

  1. You would think that if Hollis had some ‘real’ information, it would have come out before the end of last week (a full 2 weeks after the incident). Also would think many more people would have that story. I think there’s a better shot the Sixers land Ben Simmons than this being true. Call me a conspiracist but it is awfully ironic his 10 ‘sources’ started chirping right after the latest radio wars.

  2. Listen up you dumb &uck message posters.
    And i’m pretty sure Jim Adair said this already………
    But since most of you are dumb ignorant racist trolls, i’ll do it again.
    Its highly likely these blog posts are run through filtering software
    to ‘get rid of’ posts that contain ‘questionable’ language.
    Less time that Jim and Kyle have to deal with you ignorant SHlT STAlNS…….
    Do us all a favor and start texting when you veer off the AC Expressway at 90mph.
    Make sure you hit the tree head on.

  3. Always thought the cops were the issue. Naturally they are going to start crap with LeSean. He was traded and bad mouthed the coach.

  4. None of this means anything. Of course his lawyer comes out with a favorable version of the events. You expected different?

    I don’t know or care who did what. I know this: People have gone to prison on less evidence. More than that, it does NOT matter who started the fight. There are narrow points of law that the case can hinge on. It does depend on how sympathetic the judge or prosecutor is. They can take a real hard interpretation of the statutes or a reasonable one.

    If the DA wanted to prosecute the case he could do so easily.

  5. hollis is a dummy

    mccoy deserves to have the book thrown at him. either way you look at it, he was punching and stomping someone. since when is that legal? so the cops are scumbags too. both should have criminal charges brought against them. McCoy will get blasted in a civil trial and eventually be an old broke guy with bum knees

  6. Off duty cops make arrests all the time. None that night. Off duty cops dial 911 all the time. Not that night. You know why? Because they had to get their story straight because the truth lands them in trouble at work. 1,000 barfights that night. 500 guys (or girls) were on the losing end. We heard of one fight that night and the headlines read “All around great guys off duty cops get beat up by punk NFL star”. It truly is put up or shut up time for the prosecutor’s office and something tells me they’ll shut up.

  7. So…Lesean’s attorney wants us to believe that as soon as he knew they were cops he stopped punching and stomping. So if it wasn’t a cop he would have kept assaulting people?

    So…Lesean’s attorney wants us to believe it’s ok to punch someone from behind (and on the ground) if you feel that guy started the fight.

    None of this makes any of this less childish and stupid.

    why don’t we just cut to the chase. Lesean’s crew and the cops felt some “disrespect” so they had to “keep it real”.

    Use your words you freakin idiots.

  8. Lesean reportedly said these cops only pick fights with the good black ex-Philly NFL players.

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