As the 2016 season begins, it could be coming to an end already for a certain Bills superstar. Will there be a lengthy LeSean McCoy suspension? A major topic of conversation among Bills nation this week.
When the Bills traded Kiko Alonso for LeSean McCoy in early 2015, many criticized the Bills early on for trading a budding star for a very expensive running back. The Bills then signed McCoy to a 5 year, 40 million dollar deal. However, the 5th year is pretty voidable and was just used to spread out a portion of his bonus. The Bills could pretty easily get of of 2018 and 2019, to me it’s a three year deal.
In 2015 McCoy dazzled during his 12 games, and earned himself a trip back to the Pro Bowl, as one of FOUR Bills players on offense to do so. What a crazy change of offensive events from 2014. Kiko Alonso made one play in week 1 (one we saw during a whole 2013 season), and fizzled in a strong way, scoring a -18.4 by PFF and playing only 11 games. The season came to an end and it was a very early sign that the Bills had won the trade, in a big way.
The now 27 year old running back (28 in July) decided to get together with old friends, as many of us know personally, old habits die hard. I mean, why stay in Buffalo in the offseason? He has things to do. Why visit family who you get to see so little of during the offseason?
Well now after his fight that clearly shows him throwing a punch (one punch) into the pile of what looked to be a pretty bad beating of two off duty police officers, A LeSean McCoy suspension looms large:
Buffalo Media reacts to the fight, they have to right?
How do YOU know what happened Mr. Buffalo media member? I’m on record defending Manti Te’o for his strange girlfriend scandal, when off the bat it looked like a guy trying to lie for sympathy. It turned out he was duped fairly hard.
It looks above that one or two members of McCoy’s team goes in hard. All that is said so far is that champagne was knocked over by McCoy’s group. Is this how it went? Is there any other details of this story between a majorly rich sports athlete wanting the 4 bottles of bubbly that the off duty cops had?
Now, its time for the city to address the event. The comment sent out by the Philadelphia Mayor seems confusing to me.
Philly Mayor on #Bills LeSean McCoy "If he wants to pound our officers and stomp our officers.. Then he needs to pay the price"
— Jeff Russo (@JeffRussoWKBW) February 12, 2016
First of all, thats a major form of pandering. Similar to what happened to Steven Avery, how can you make a comment like this before he is charged with anything? Are you trying to influence the community on what you want them to think? Also, so you are saying if that was just a regular law abiding citizen that it wouldn’t be just as bad? The cops were off duty, it wasn’t an attack on a city or a police officer. It was just a classic case of who had bigger muscles in the club. Why did it escalate to a violent level? I guess that’s on McCoy to answer.
All you can do as a human being is forgive his actions. He acted immaturely and violently and let his status get to him. However, how many friends have you had to forgive for doing something stupid on your watch? Let’s not forget that fact. Luckily for all involved the off-duty cops seem like they will be ok. Everyone has a story, a family, a history, no incident is worse or better than the other.
Unless new evidence or information circles about what happened that night, I’d imagine its going to go pretty roughly for McCoy. I don’t see how its possible that he gets less than 4 games to start the 2016 season. It could even initially be delivered as a 6-8 game suspension that is appealed down to 4 games. It wont be anything more. As much as some people want him to be cut, It won’t happen. He’s a big member to the Bills revamped offense, made one mistake, and still has so much good left to do. If for no other reason it costs the Bills too much money. All you have to do is look up his contact and find out that we would lose cap space this season by letting him go. A season that we need the cap space, and to keep our 4 Pro Bowlers together on the offense.
What the Bills need to do if the LeSean McCoy suspension is 4-8 weeks?
Make sure McCoy takes accountability for his actions and complete a PR overhaul. Mainly focusing on the good he does in a community. Like this:
LeSean McCoy just made a Make-A-Wish dream come true pregame. pic.twitter.com/GHbNqnRs7K
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 13, 2015
How quickly we forget how much joy athletes can bring someone’s life. Do you think this little girls happiness wasn’t made that day? I do. Let’s use his power for good.
If ultimately McCoy is as guilty as it seems he could be, depending on the details of the rest of the case and who was the real instigator, an appropriate punishment should be given by the DA. All four members of McCoy’s group that were all involved to different degrees all seem to be lumped together and referred to as “LeSean McCoy”. Although McCoy chooses who he hangs out with, he isn’t Curtis Brinkley. Whatever Curtis may or may not have done in this brawl, he’ll receive his own set of consequences. All punishment shouldn’t rain down solely on McCoy. Each member should take their punishment.
Let’s not be quick to judge. Justice will serve it self. For now, a LeSean McCoy suspension looms large.