Some found it interesting when no charges were filed against former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy after a February bar fight left two off-duty Philadelphia police officers injured. Now a report suggests there may have been a possible conflict of interest in the case.
According to findings by Tricia L. Nadolny, Aubrey Whelan and Chris Brennan for Philly.com, Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams belatedly disclosed over $160,000 in gifts the elected official received between 2010 and 2015. Among those, a pair of all-access season sideline passes from the Eagles going all the way back to 2011.
Meanwhile, in the past seven months alone, Williams has twice found there was not enough evidence to charge high-profile members of the team.
In McCoy’s case, the All-Pro back was already a member of the Bills when the fight in occurred in Old City. Still, there appeared to be video of the Harrisburg, PA, native taking part in the assault. After a months-long investigation and much speculation, no charges were brought against McCoy, the off-duty officers or any others involved.
In June, 2015 first-round draft pick Nelson Agholor was accused of sexual assault at a strip club. Again, the investigation dragged on for weeks, until eventually it was determined there was not enough evidence to charge the Eagles wideout.
Despite any alleged appearance of impropriety, the conclusion can certainly be drawn that Williams was right not to charge the pro athletes in these instances. While McCoy appeared to be involved in an altercation, it was unclear who started the fracas. The Agholor situation was a he-said/she-said situation, a dispute that may have been about money.
Right or wrong, the Philadelphia district attorney has not been completely transparent about gifts he’s received in the past, which will naturally lead citizens to wonder if the wheels were greased in some criminal cases.