Why am I writing about an NFL story on College Football Today?
Recently, I wrote a couple articles about the Urban Meyer scandal. Inmy first article, I referenced the issue of how domestic violence is treated in football and in the criminal justice system. Today, (coincidentally the first day of the 2018 regular season) the Milton, GA police have no incriminating evidence against LeSean McCoy for involvement in the home invasion, robbery and aggravated assault of his ex Delicia De Cordon whose friend had accused McCoy of brutal domestic violence back in July in a graphic Instagram post. Ultimately, the Bills nor the NFL will take any disciplinary action against McCoy.
To many, this may exonerate McCoy, but regardless of the lack of punishment or formal criminal charge, there is still reasonable doubt that the NFL running back is innocent. Law enforcement is still investigating the attack, and the Bills and the NFL are both investigating the incident and allegations as well. Meanwhile, McCoy has hired well-known defense attorney, Don Samuels, who also represented Ray Lewis in the double homicide case in 2000 and Ben Roethlisberger in 2010 when he was accused of rape.
The majority of domestic violence cases in the NCAA and NFL are swept under the rug by first the respective administration and then press who take whatever excuse they are given at face value and completely disregard the victim’s side of the story. There are detailed allegations of McCoy brutally beating his son and his dog, as well as Cordon herself, but as the NFL running back returns to work without any penalty, they are omitted from the popular narrative.
So here's the story...
How mainstream sports media is helping the NFL sweep this under the rug.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported about the “insufficient evidence” in McCoy’s case, and there is one line that feels almost laughably naive, given what we know about football coaches’ tolerance for domestic violence allegations:
“If Bills coaches and officials were alarmed about what the investigation would yield — and they have been in contact with people involved in the case — they would not have allowed McCoy’s selection as a captain to stand."
The bigger picture
Though McCoy, 29, has never been suspended in his NFL career, he was accused in 2016 of being involved in a bar fight which resulted in two men hospitalized. No criminal charges were filed against McCoy due to “insufficient evidence” and the NFL opted not to penalize the running back.
In 2013, a woman sued McCoy for assault, alleging he or his bodyguard struck her and shoved her off a party bus in New Jersey. McCoy was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles at the time and wasn’t suspended for the incident.
Police records show there were multiple calls for domestic disturbances to the home of Cordon and McCoy. None of which resulted in charges. The fact that law enforcement rarely make arrests on domestic abuse calls is something we should have learned from the Smith case, and it should not be cause to dismiss a domestic violence allegation. Of course, I am not definitively saying McCoy is guilty, but to say that there is no evidence that he ever physically assaulted Cordon or was involved in the violent robbery of the jewelry he wanted back from her is nonsense and offensive to victims of domestic abuse.
It is not just these administrations that aid in protecting those accused of domestic violence, it is also the responsibility of the press to hold those accused and those who protect the accused accountable. While it's easier to go along with what NFL and NCAAF administrations say and relieve the fear amongst fans, it is an injustice to the victims not to tell their story and not allow abusers and enablers to remain unchecked.
Today, 44 active NFL players have records of domestic violence, and 12 were invited to join NFL teams even as they were facing outstanding court cases based on alleged physical or sexual assaults, many committed against intimate partners. So congratulations to Adam Schefter, Ian Rapaport, and many other sports reporters for once again validating the NFL for protecting players accused of violent crimes.
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