McCoy sued over Philadel­phia night­club brawl

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PHILADEL­PHIA >> Buf­falo Bills run­ning back LeSean McCoy was sued Tues­day over a Philadel­phia night­club brawl that left two off­duty po­lice of­fi­cers in­jured.

The civil suit claims McCoy beat and kicked one of­fi­cer while he was on the ground and punched an­other of­fi­cer in the eye. The suit was filed in Philadel­phia Court of Com­mon Pleas and seeks money dam­ages from McCoy, two other men and the night­club.

“Our in­ves­ti­ga­tion has con­firmed that Dar­nell Jessie and Roland But­ler were vi­ciously at­tacked and beaten by LeSean McCoy and the other de­fen­dants. As a re­sult of the vi­o­lent as­sault, both men have suf­fered se­ri­ous and per­ma­nent in­juries,” the plain­tiffs’ lawyer, For­tu­nato Perri Jr., said in a state­ment.

McCoy’s agent, Drew Rosen­haus, de­clined com­ment. McCoy’s at­tor­ney has said he was only try­ing to break up a fight be­tween the of­fi­cers and his friends over a $350 bot­tle of Cham­pagne. Po­lice have said the Feb. 7 fight broke out over a mis­un­der­stand­ing about who had bought the bot­tle.

District At­tor­ney Seth Wil­liams an­nounced in April that no charges would be filed in con­nec­tion with the brawl, say­ing he couldn’t prove who started it. The Penn­syl­va­nia at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice re­viewed the case at the re­quest of the pres­i­dent of the Philadel­phia po­lice union but de­clined to in­ter­vene.

Ac­cord­ing to the suit, the off-duty of­fi­cers went to Re­cess Lounge and or­dered bot­tles of Cham­pagne. One of McCoy’s co-de­fen­dants tried grab­bing one of the bot­tles, say­ing, “That bot­tle is mine,” then at­tacked the of­fi­cer hold­ing it.

One of­fi­cer suf­fered fa­cial frac­tures and a con­cus­sion in the en­su­ing brawl, while the other suf­fered a bro­ken nose, ribs and thumb, the suit said. Both missed two months of work.

McCoy is in his sec­ond season with the Bills after six years with the Philadel­phia Ea­gles. The Bills were off Tues­day and re­turn to prac­tice on Wed­nes­day.

Sprained thumb could leave strug­gling Bears with­out Cut­ler

LAKE FOR­EST, ILL. >> The strug­gling Chicago Bears might have to get by with­out quar­ter­back Jay Cut­ler.

Coach John Fox said Cut­ler has a sprained right thumb that does not ap­pear to re­quire surgery and would not rule him out for this week­end’s game against the Dal­las Cowboys.

If he is not ready, Brian Hoyer will start.

“It’s hard for me to give time­lines,” Fox said on Tues­day. “We’ll eval­u­ate to­mor­row. We’ve got prac­tice to­mor­row, we’re on a short week al­ready. If Jay’s ready to do it, fine. If not, we’ll go with Brian Hoyer.”

Cut­ler topped a long list of play­ers in­jured in Monday’s 29-14 loss to Philadel­phia.

The de­fense was hit hard, with line­backer Danny Tre­vathan sched­uled for surgery Wed­nes­day morn­ing on a sprained thumb. The Bears were await­ing the re­sults of an MRI on line­backer La­marr Hous­ton, who suf­fered a left knee in­jury that Fox said “ap­pears to be sig­nif­i­cant.” Nose tackle Ed­die Gold­man (sprained an­kle) left the field on a cart.

Kaeper­nick says he has re­ceived death threats

SANTA CLARA >> Colin Kaeper­nick says he has re­ceived death threats through so­cial me­dia and other av­enues since he be­gan to protest dur­ing the na­tional an­them last month.

Kaeper­nick said Tues­day he has not alerted San Fran­cisco 49ers team se­cu­rity about the threats and un­der­stood that could hap­pen once he be­gan his protest over racial op­pres­sion and po­lice bru­tal­ity in the United States.

“To me, if some­thing like that were go­ing to hap­pen, you’ve proved my point,” he said. “It would be loud and clear for ev­ery­one why it hap­pened. That would move this move­ment for­ward at a greater speed than what it is even now. Granted, I don’t want that to hap­pen. But that’s the re­al­iza­tion of what could hap­pen.”

Kaeper­nick’s protest dur­ing the an­them be­came pub­lic last month when he sat dur­ing the an­them be­fore a pre­sea­son game against Green Bay and later ex­plained his rea­son­ing.

He has since kneeled be­fore the Nin­ers’ past three games.

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