The lawsuit (via WKBW) claimed that McCoy and Tamarcus Porter, a former teammate at the University of Pittsburgh who reportedly has maintained a close relationship with the Pro Bowl running back, changed the security system at the home and did not share access to the new system with Cordon, leaving her “and her minor children defenseless in their own home.” Hours after it occurred, the incident attained widespread notice after a friend of Cordon’s posted a photo to social media, showing her with a battered face and accusing McCoy of being behind the attack, as well as of beating his son and dog and of taking performance-enhancing drugs.
In response, McCoy issued a statement describing “the totally baseless and offensive claims” made against him as “completely false,” while lawyers for Cordon followed that with a statement suggesting that a motive for the incident was McCoy’s desire to retrieve expensive pieces of jewelry he had given her. Police in the Atlanta suburb of Milton, Ga., where the incident took place, are still investigating, as is the NFL; no charges have been filed or suspects identified.
In the lawsuit, filed in Fulton County (Ga.) state court, Cordon’s lawyers painted a portrait of a “fairy-tale relationship” gone sour, at which point McCoy made it increasingly uncomfortable for her to stay in a home he had bought for her to live in. Porter also “sporadically occupied” a room there, and while she “did not feel comfortable with various men coming in and out of the home unannounced,” Cordon “tolerated this for the sake of the relationship.”
Having moved into the home in October 2016, the lawsuit stated, Cordon found herself in the summer of 2017 arguing with McCoy over him “beating his dog and beating his son frequently, as well as other issues.” After a particularly intense argument in July 2017, Cordon was said to have left the home to visit a friend, at which point McCoy allegedly called police to evict her and “instructed Porter to begin to unlawfully remove [Cordon’s] personal belongings from the home,” Cordon alleges.
Those tensions died down, and Cordon and McCoy were even discussing an engagement in May 2018, per the lawsuit, before McCoy apparently again decided that he wanted her out of his life. Away from the home June 1, she was allegedly alerted via the home’s previous security system that Porter and others were removing her furniture, at which point she called police, who ordered them to put her belongings back inside, but the lawsuit claimed that about $13,000 worth of items of hers were not returned.
Over the next few days, the lawsuit stated, Porter changed the locks on the home, deactivated the security camera that was linked to Cordon’s cellphone and installed a new system to which she was not given access. Porter then allegedly let police know he “had access to cameras” that showed who was in the house and filed an “improper,” according to Cordon’s lawyer, eviction petition on behalf of McCoy that Cordon was able to quash.
The alleged invasion, which involved the theft of what was described as $133,000 in jewelry from Cordon, took place in the early hours of July 10, the day an eviction hearing was set to take place. That hearing was pushed back to Tuesday, but a lawyer for McCoy told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the proceedings will be a “formality” because Cordon has already vacated the home.
McCoy “breached his duty to use ordinary care to protect [Cordon] from dangerous activities being conducted” at the home, the lawsuit stated. Cordon is seeking unspecified damages in the suit, including punitive damages “without restriction or cap,” as well as the reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and other expenses.
The Associated Press reported Monday that a person familiar with the situation said the lawsuit would not affect McCoy’s status with the Bills. The 30-year-old is entering his fourth season with the team after leading Buffalo in rushing yards in each of his first three.
Read more from The Post: