NFL player LeSean “Shady” McCoy has enlisted the help of a prominent Atlanta defense attorney after police launch investigation into a violent assault that left his estranged girlfriend badly beaten and hospitalized.
A graphic photograph circulated throughout social media on Tuesday that showed McCoy’s ex, Delicia Cordon, bloodied from a robbery that took place at the football star’s home in Milton, Georgia, earlier that morning.
The image, originally posted to Instagram by Cordon’s friend Mia Michelle Boykin, included a message that pointed to McCoy being behind the attack, a sentiment Cordon’s attorney echoed in a statement to PEOPLE.
“Ms. Cordon was physically assaulted in the home by a male assailant who entered the home with no signs of forced entry,” the statement from the firm of Tanya Mitchell Graham reads. “Ms. Cordon sustained multiple injuries to her head, face and arms during this horrendous attack.”
The statement alleges that Cordon was injured after the attacker pistol-whipped her while trying to retrieve jewelry — specifically, ones that McCoy had given her as gifts.
McCoy denied having played a part in the attack in a statement posted to his social accounts on Tuesday.
“For the record, the totally baseless and offensive claims made against me are completely false,” McCoy wrote on Instagram. “Furthermore, I have not had any direct contact with any of the people involved in months.”
In the hours after the attack, McCoy enlisted the services of high-profile attorney Don Samuel, who is no stranger to representing NFL players facing serious allegations.
Samuel — of the Atlanta-area law firm Harland, Samuel and Loeb — was part of a team who successfully defended Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis in a double-homicide case in 2000. Then, in 2010, Samuel helped to defend Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger against rape allegations. He has also represented rapper T.I.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Jason Duaine Hahn