‘Insufficient Evidence' to File Charges in LeSean McCoy Nightclub Brawl: DA

Two police officers suffered broken bones in the fight, apparently over sparking wine

Former Philadelphia Eagles star LeSean McCoy will not face charges in a caught-on-camera nightclub brawl with off-duty Philadelphia police officers, the Philadelphia District Attorney announced Monday.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said there was "insufficient evidence" to file charges against anyone in the case.

Williams said he can't prove who initiated the fight and said it's legal to act in self-defense or the defense of others.

The former Philadelphia Eagle and three friends allegedly got into an early-morning brawl with two off-duty Philadelphia police officers inside Recess nightclub along S. 2nd Street on February 7. The incident apparently stemmed from a dispute over Champagne and was caught on video.

Former NFL running back Curtis Brinkley was also involved in the fight, sources said.

Both officers suffered serious injuries including broken bones and bruises. NBC10 obtained photos of the officers, Darnell Jessie and Roland Butler. The pictures show Jessie with blood on his shirt and stitches above his eye. Another photo shows Butler with a swollen left eye.

The police union has been vocal about prosecutors making a decision on charges in the case. John McNesby, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 president, said the video showed a clear aggravated assault and demanded justice.

"Philadelphians elected me to charge the right people with the right crimes. Nothing more, nothing less. The only timetable we have is justice, getting it right," Seth Williams said back in February. "That would be a miscarriage of justice for me to charge, to arrest the wrong people, or to not charge people that should be charged. The only way we can do that is by asking lots of questions."

Williams stressed that he wanted to make the right decision when it comes to filing charges in any case.

The 27-year-old McCoy played for the Bills last season after six years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He could still face discipline from the NFL.

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