A lawyer for Delicia Cordon, the ex-girlfriend of NFL running back LeSean McCoy, has filed a 22-page lawsuit claiming that he and a former University of Pittsburgh teammate are “liable” for the injuries Cordon suffered when McCoy’s Milton home was invaded on July 10.
The civil suit was filed Friday in the State Court of Fulton County by Tanya Mitchell Graham, an Atlanta-based attorney who has represented Cordon, 34, since the home invasion. It lists McCoy, his trust — LKM Trust — and Tamarcus Jerod Porter as defendants.
Essentially, the suit argues that because McCoy, 30, instructed Porter to change out cameras and the security system on the home and never gave Cordon access to operate them, he and Porter are “liable for the assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress” that Cordon suffered in the home invasion.
The suit doesn’t directly allege that McCoy or Porter were involved in the home invasion, by conducting it or ordering it.
No criminal charges have been filed against McCoy or Porter.
Aside from the July 10 home invasion, the suit also claims that McCoy exhibited “disturbing” and “erratic” behavior around Cordon. It also claims McCoy would “aggressively, physically discipline and beat” his son, that he would show “rage” and that he would “brutally beat his dog” in front of Cordon and her friends. McCoy's son is from a previous relationship. He and Cordon have no children together.
Similar claims were made on July 10 by Instagram user “miamor_i_adore,” who first shared photos of Cordon’s injuries after the home invasion. The post was later deleted. The anonymous user, who claimed to be Cordon's friend, also claimed that McCoy used “illegal steroids.”
The lawsuit was filed just days in advance of an eviction hearing for Cordon. In June, Porter filed on behalf of McCoy to have Cordon evicted from the suburban Milton home on Hickory Pass. The initial hearing was set for July 10, but was granted a continuance after the home invasion. The hearing has been pushed to Aug. 14.
Michael LaScala, a lawyer for McCoy, said Monday that Cordon has already vacated the home and that Tuesday’s hearing is just a “formality.” He said that McCoy won’t be attending the hearing.
Multiple calls to Graham, Cordon’s attorney, were not returned Monday. Don Samuel, another attorney who has represented McCoy after the home invasion, did not respond to requests for comment on the lawsuit. Attempts to reach Porter were also unsuccessful.
In the lawsuit, Graham says that the cameras and security system were changed after a June 1 incident that resulted in police being called to the home. Previous documents acquired by the AJC show that police had been called to McCoy and Cordon’s home three separate times since 2017.
On June 1, both Cordon and McCoy were out of town. He was in Miami and she was in Virginia, but Cordon got a notification on her phone from the “Ring” doorbell security system, which allowed her to view live security footage from the home. The suit and police report say that Cordon saw McCoy’s family and friends removing things from the home.
The suit claims that someone then covered the doorbell camera, which resulted in Cordon calling a neighbor to contact police.
Police soon arrived and spoke with McCoy’s mother, Daphne, who said her son was moving out. But police told her that anything that was communal property could not be taken from the home, and anything that wasn’t McCoy’s clothes or personal items had to go back inside, according to the police report.
But Cordon claims in the suit that some items — including a couch, a coffee table, two rugs and other items that totaled $13,000 — were not returned.
The suit claims that on June 3, Porter changed the locks to the doors of the residence and deactivated the doorbell cameras. On June 5, Porter and another man, Thomas Williams, entered the residence unannounced and installed a new security system at McCoy’s direction, it claims. Porter and Williams were also in the home on June 8 and June 19, the suit says.
The suit maintains that McCoy has given Porter access to the home since 2016, and he “sporadically” occupied a bedroom in the residence.
Porter was a wide receiver at the University of Pittsburgh when McCoy was a running back there. Porter was dismissed from the team after he was charged with DUI in 2009. He was with McCoy in 2016 when the running back was involved in an incident outside a Philadelphia nightclub that hospitalized two off-duty police officers.
The suit says that on June 6, Porter told police that he had access to live video footage from the cameras inside the residence.
“As such, Defendant McCoy had actual and constructive knowledge of criminal activity existing on the property on July 10, 2018 due to the direct knowledge of his employee and/or agent, Porter,” the suit says.
A spokesperson for the Milton Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday, but police have yet to publicly identify a suspect in the home invasion case.
Calls to 911 previously obtained by the AJC from the July 10 incident show that Cordon called dispatchers around 3:18 a.m., saying that a black man wearing a mask hit her in the face with a gun, took her jewelry and cash and made her go into the bathroom before he fled the scene. She told police that her face was “demolished” and she was treated at a nearby hospital for injuries to her arms, head and face.
Cordon gets a bit more specific in the lawsuit, saying that the suspect used wire-cutters to remove bracelets from her arms and “demanded” specific items of jewelry that McCoy had given her. Cordon claims that about $133,000 in jewelry was taken from her by the suspect.
The suit claims that McCoy has insured Cordon’s jewelry but has yet to provide Cordon with information about the insurance company.
Cordon asks that the case be heard by a jury and that she be awarded special, general, compensatory, punitive and permissible damages.
McCoy is preparing for his 10th NFL season and his fourth with the Buffalo Bills. Aside from a July 10 tweet, denying his involvement, he has not commented on the incident or the lawsuit.
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