By Peter Gleason
Former Eagles star running back LeSean McCoy is in a world of trouble.
Even if he is able to dig himself out from the accusation, made yesterday, that he violently abused his former girlfriend.
“For the record, the totally baseless and offensive claims made against me are completely false,” McCoy said on his own social-media accounts. “Further more, I have not had any direct contact with any of the people involved in months.”
McCoy’s statement was made a few hours after a photograph and a message were posted on Instagram showing what appeared to be a girlfriend of his, Delicia Cordon, with a bloodied face. The account appeared to belong to a friend of Cordon’s, and the post was deleted last night.
The message contained a range of allegations against McCoy. None of them could be independently corroborated. The NFL and the Bills said they were looking into the matter.
“We have spoken to LeSean McCoy,” the Bills said in a statement, “and have been in contact with the National Football League. We will continue to gather information.”
McCoy entered the NFL in 2009 and played his first six seasons with the Eagles before he was traded to the Bills.
The Police Department of Milton, Ga., said it was investigating a home invasion at a residence that documents showed is owned by McCoy. The statement did not identify the suspect or the victim.
“The preliminary investigation indicates that this residence was specifically targeted by the suspect or suspects, and not a random incident,” the statement said. “When officers arrived they found one victim who had been physically assaulted by a lone intruder. During the altercation, the suspect demanded specific items from the victim. An adult female victim was treated and released at North Fulton Regional Hospital.”
According to a statement issued by Cordon’s lawyer, Tanya Mitchell Graham, Cordon was asleep on Tuesday at about 3 a.m. in the house when a man broke in and assaulted her. McCoy was not there at the time because the couple is estranged. The lawyer’s statement said that the man requested specific items of jewelry that McCoy had given to Cordon, “which Mr. McCoy had requested back on many occasions.”
The man injured Cordon’s wrist when he tried to remove her bracelets and also struck her in the face with a firearm multiple times as he demanded jewelry and cash, according to the statement, which added that there was no sign of forced entry. The statement also said that a female cousin of Cordon’s who was visiting had also been struck in the head with the firearm.
McCoy tried to evict Cordon from his home, in a suburb of Atlanta, last July, according to court documents. “Plaintiff and defendant no longer in relationship and plaintiff allowed defendant to live rent-fee while at premises for 5 months,” documents filed in Fulton County Magistrate Court said. She “refuses to leave,” the documents added.
In court documents filed in another case last month, McCoy asked for Cordon to “return any/all items removed from premises.” A hearing in that case was set for yesterday, but was postponed on Monday to Aug. 14, at the request of Cordon’s lawyer.
According to court documents filed last month, Cordon claimed that she and her children had lived with McCoy at the Georgia house since the fall of 2016. The documents also claimed that in May he had discussed marrying Cordon and that on May 29 he gave her “a substantial gift.”
Just a few days later, according to claims in the documents, when Cordon was out of state, McCoy turned off the electricity in the house and tried to remove her “furnishings and furniture.”
McCoy does not live in the house and visits the Atlanta area only occasionally in the off-season, said Jacoby Hudson, who was McCoy’s lawyer in last year’s eviction case. Hudson said that he spoke to McCoy after the Instagram post became public on Tuesday and that McCoy said he had been training in Miami for at least three or four days. The post said that the woman in the photograph had been harmed between Monday night and Tuesday morning.
“He would never put his hands on her,” Hudson said of McCoy in a telephone interview, adding: “He has been letting her live in the house because she said she and her kids have nowhere to go. But now he wants to sell it.”
Allegations of domestic violence by players and others in the NFL have dogged the league for several years. The league was strongly criticized in 2014 for not adequately investigating cases, and was accused of giving mild penalties to players found to have committed domestic violence.
The most prominent case involved the former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was given a two-game suspension after video surfaced showing him dragging his fiancée out of an elevator in a hotel in Atlantic City. Facing withering criticism, Commissioner Roger Goodell strengthened the league’s rules to include a minimum of a six-game suspension. A few weeks later, new video was published showing Rice knocking out his fiancée. Goodell suspended Rice a second time, indefinitely.
The NFL. later had to reinstate Rice because it had suspended him twice for the same violation.
The league suspended running back Adrian Peterson, defensive end Greg Hardy and other players for cases involving domestic violence. In 2016, the league suspended Giants punter Josh Brown for one game, but later suspended him for another six games after gaining access to documents that showed he had abused his wife multiple times.