A statement released Monday by Philadelphia police said that two off-duty officers, both 40-year-old black men and members of the city's police department, were involved in a fight with four black men aged 26 through 30, around 2:45 a.m. Sunday.
Police did not identify the four suspects, but a person familiar with the investigation confirmed to The Associated Press that McCoy, who played six seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles, is one of the men under investigation. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to publicly discuss the case.
Philly.com reported that police are seeking arrest warrants in the case.
The argument, which according to multiple reports took place inside the Old City nightclub Recess, started over ownership of a bottle of champagne, according to the police statement. Police said that "pushing and shoving" over the bottle led to one of the off-duty officers being knocked to the ground, and while he was on the ground, he was "punched, kicked and stomped about his body and head multiple times by all four suspects."
Another off-duty officer and club security helped break up the altercation and "all parties were ejected from the club," police say. The officer who was knocked to the ground transported himself to the hospital where he was treated for a laceration to his right eye, a broken nose, broken ribs and a sprained thumb. The officer who broke up the fight was admitted to the hospital where he received eight stitches over his left eye and was receiving treatment Monday for a possible skull fracture, police said in their statement.
John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, told Philly.com that the officers "look like they got the brunt of it."
CSNPhilly.com reported that Darnell Jessie, Roland Butler and Sergeant Daniel Ayers were the off-duty officers involved, although the report did not state which were injured. CSNPhilly.com also reported that former NFL running back Curtis Brinkley and one of McCoy's former teammates at the University of Pittsburgh, wide receiver Tamarcus "T.J." Porter, were among the suspects, as well as a fourth man, Christopher Henderson. It's unclear if McCoy, or any of the other suspects, were injured in the incident.
According to CSNPhilly.com, the three officers purchased four bottles of champagne and Porter tried to take one of the bottles from Butler. After an argument broke out, the report states that McCoy, former Brinkley and Henderson "assisted [Porter]."
The four suspects, while not named by police in their statement, were "subsequently identified through photographs by complainants and by the security guards," police said. Surveillance cameras showed those involved being ejected outside the club, but the incident inside the club was not captured on video.
Of McCoy, McNesby added to Philly.com: "Maybe he should stay in Buffalo and carry on like an idiot in Buffalo."
McCoy's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, did not immediately return a message from the Associated Press seeking comment Monday.
The Bills said in a statement Monday that they are aware of the report and are gathering information.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.