ORCHARD PARK -- During the annual July lull of the NFL calendar year, no news is usually good news. With the players off for a month and away from team facilities, generally the biggest news this time of year are negative.
Alas, the Buffalo Bills have suddenly become the focus of the NFL's latest summer scandal, with their star player, LeSean McCoy, at the center. On Tuesday morning a disturbing picture surfaced on Instagram accusing McCoy of domestic abuse. The post features before and after shots of McCoy's now ex-girlfriend, Delicia Cordon, after she was allegedly beaten horrifically. A friend of Cordon shared the images from her Instagram account and accused McCoy of not only abusing Cordon, but his dog and child.
The Bills organization has since issued a statement of their own, which read: "We have spoken to LeSean and been in contact with the National Football League. We will continue to gather information."
Meanwhile, a story from TMZ has emerged, perhaps providing further background on the situation. The piece tells of a tense relationship between McCoy and Cordon, dating back to the end of May. The Pro Bowl running back apparently gave the Instagram Model a "substantial gift," while discussing marriage, according to court documents acquired by TMZ. Those documents are part of a lawsuit filed against Cordon by McCoy in June to evict his now ex-girlfriend from the house he owns in Alpharetta, Georgia.
The documents also allege that once McCoy left the house for OTA's on May 30 he sent a group of relatives and friends to move her stuff out. Cordon was apparently in Virginia at the time herself and had to send police to stop the crew from removing her belongings. At one point McCoy apparently cut the electricity in the house as well. The now split couple was apparently schedule to meet in court again today, July 10.
The soon to be 30-year-old running back recently deleted all recognition of his previous relationship with Cordon on Instagram. Based on the posts from Cordon's friend (miamor_i_adore on Instagram) that predated this morning's gruesome picture, Cordon was in Europe as recently as Monday. Her apparent return home ironically aligns with TMZ's report that the now split couple was set to face off in court today.
In a new development, the initial post from miamor_i_adore was deleted later in the day, then the account made private and eventually deleted entirely.
The whole situation is certainly shady for the running back affectionately known as Shady McCoy in NFL circles. The ROC Sports Report will continue to provide updates as we learn more.