LeSean McCoy has retained defense attorney Don Samuel in light of the allegations being made against him. Earlier this week, photos emerged of McCoy's ex-girlfriend Delicia Cordon after what appeared to be a brutal assault.
Samuel may be a familiar name to NFL fans. He has previously represented a number of the league's most high-profile defendants.
That list includes Ray Lewis during the 2000 double-murder trial, and Ben Roethlisberger in 2010 after he was accused to sexual assault. More, from Yahoo! Sports:
McCoy isn’t Samuel’s first high-profile NFL client. Samuel was part of the team that defended former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis in a double-homicide case in 2000, and was also part of the legal team that represented Pittsburgh Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger in 2010 when the quarterback was facing sexual assault allegations. Other notable clients included rapper TI and Savannah antique dealer Jim Williams, whose murder trial saga became the centerpiece for the best-selling book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
Samuel’s hiring is an unambiguous sign that McCoy intends to aggressively defend himself against allegations that have yet to find provable traction. And not just from a legal standpoint. As in the case of Lewis and Roethlisberger, a key component of Samuel’s approach is known to be aggressive on-the-ground investigation, as well as shaping the narrative of events for public consumption.
LeSean McCoy's involvement in the case became known on Tuesday morning, when a friend of Cordon accused him of being responsible for the alleged attack.
The friend posted side-by-side photos of a healthy Cordon, taken a day before the incident, and after the attack. In the caption, McCoy is also accused of child abuse, pet abuse, drug use, and steroid use.
Another friend of Cordon posted to Facebook, claiming that McCoy had hired men to "pistol whip and rob" her.
On Tuesday afternoon, McCoy responded to the allegations, calling them "totally baseless" and "completely false." The Buffalo Bills, McCoy's current team, says it is in the process of gathering more information.
A police statement says that Cordon was "specifically targeted," and that the attack was not a random incident. Cordon's attorney says that the man accused of assaulting her demanded jewelry, which had been given as a gift by McCoy, and that McCoy had been requesting back.