By Jack Ryan
Ex-Eagles running back Shady McCoy was cleared of all blame and faced no criminal charges related to the Feb. 7 brawl in an Old City club, and now he can talk about it.
Last week, McCoy avoided punishment from the NFL after the Pennsylvania Attorney General closed its investigation into his involvement in a fight outside Recess Lounge club back in February. McCoy and three others stood accused of allegedly assaulting a pair of off-duty police officers but was never formally charged.
At a Play60 charity event in Harrisburg, McCoy remained unfazed by the months of media scrutiny and legal limbo in his first interview since being cleared of the accusations.
“I know what type of person I am and what I do for my community, what type of father I am,” McCoy told PennLive.com. “People always have their own opinions. You can’t change them. And I’m fine with that.”
McCoy, who spent a portion of this offseason rehabbing from a nagging ankle injury, rushed for 895 yards and three touchdowns last year over 12 games in Buffalo. He also caught 32 passes for 292 yards and two scores.
Shady’s career hasn’t been without its share of controversy, and neither has the Bills’ offseason. McCoy’s top backfield mates have both run into this trouble since January. Just last week, Karlos Williams was saddled with a four-game suspension and rookie Jonathan Williams was arrested onsuspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Despite all the negative hubbub around Buffalo, McCoy seems ready to move on, with or without the help of us media folk.
“The only opinions that people really get about players is what they see TV or what the media gives them,” McCoy added. “If the media only paints a picture of a player as this or whatever that may be, then that’s what the people see. So I don’t really go back and forth about that.”