McCoy will launch a public relations campaign in the wake of the incident involving his ex-girlfriend, and has publicly denied all allegations. Although he was not located in the same state as his ex-girlfriend, Delicia Cordon, when she was reportedly abused, McCoy has been linked to the assault by his ex-girlfriend’s lawyer.
“The assailant demanded specific items of jewelry that had been previously gifted to Ms. Cordon by Mr. McCoy, which Mr. McCoy had requested back on many occasions,” the attorney’s statement explains. “In fact, after Ms. Cordon refused to return her jewelry gifts to Mr. McCoy, he would often suggest to Ms. Cordon that she could be robbed because the jewelry was expensive.”
Per Robinson, McCoy’s decision to hire Samuel is an indication that he’ll pursue an “aggressive” defense strategy as he seeks to clear himself of the abuse allegations. Samuel, for his part, has experience in the NFL realm, as he defended then-Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis against murder charges in 2000 before aiding Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger against sexual assault claims in 2010.
As Mike Rodak of ESPN.com notes, the NFL could choose to place McCoy on the commissioner’s exempt list while the investigation — both by authorities and by the league itself — is ongoing. If the NFL takes that step, McCoy would be temporarily barred from participating in either practice or games.
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