How Will Roger Goodell Screw Up The NFL’s Investigation Of LeSean McCoy?

Bryan Brandom
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We can’t yet know if the horrific allegations against LeSean McCoy are true.

But what we do know, based on years of evidence, is that the NFL and Roger Goodell will probably botch their investigation of the matter.

On Tuesday, a friend of Shady’s ex-girlfriend Delicia Cordon accused McCoy of violence against Cordon, their son, and a dog. The since-deleted Instagram post also alleged that McCoy had used steroids, and included a graphic picture of what the friend claimed to be Cordon’s battered face.

According to Milton County police, Cordon was the victim of a “specifically targeted” home invasion in Alpharetta, Georgia, early Tuesday morning, in which “the suspect demanded specific items from the victim.”

McCoy and Cordon have been engaged in a legal battle since June regarding her living in McCoy’s Alpharetta home. The Bills running back asked a judge to order his ex to leave the home and return various items. She’s been living at the house with their 16-year-old son since October 2016.

A woman who claimed to be Cordon’s friend accused McCoy of “sending dudes in her house to pistol whip and rob her” on Facebook.

That’s a lot of information for the NFL to mishandle, either intentionally or out of sheer incompetence.

The NFL is bad at this

In 2014, Ray Rice received a two-game suspension for assaulting his fiancee. That got elevated to an indefinite suspension after footage of the assault came to light. The league claimed it hadn’t seen the video until TMZ published it.

But a law enforcement official called bullshit, telling the Associated Press that not only had investigators sent the tape to the NFL, but the league had confirmed its reception in a voicemail.

The league suspended former Giants kicker Josh Brown one game for domestic violence in August 2016. But as more information of the abuse came to light, and as it became clearer and clearer that Goodell and Co. had tried incredibly hard to know as little as possible about the case, they doled out a six-game suspension to Brown.

Goodell’s sketchy incompetence breaks the other way, too. Last season, the league suspended Ezekiel Elliott for six games over allegations of domestic violence. But they did so in defiance of their lead investigator, the only NFL employee to have interviewed the accuser. And the league attempted to hide that investigator’s recommendation not to suspend the Cowboys running back due to a lack of evidence and the limited credibility of the accusation. This after years of backlash over light punishments for domestic violence.

Whatever did or didn’t happen between McCoy and Cordon, we can count on the NFL not to find out. Or to find out then feign ignorance.