NFL player LeSean McCoy has been accused of child abuse for the second time.
Stephanie Maisonet, an ex-girlfriend of the Buffalo Bills running back and the mother of his 6-year-old son, alleged in an affidavit filed Tuesday in the State Court of Fulton County, Georgia, that McCoy has in the past physically abused their child. The filing describes a pattern of abuse, with Maisonet claiming that their son would often come home sporting bruises following visits with McCoy, welts that McCoy would explain away with “outlandish excuses.”
“Our son would cry hysterically whenever he had to spend time with [LeSean] McCoy. Our son would cry even harder if he knew that Delica Cordon was not going to be present during [LeSean] McCoy’s parenting time,” Maisonet’s filing said, referencing another of McCoy’s exes.
The affidavit was filed as part of Cordon and McCoy's own recent legal battle. In the suit, Cordon claimed that McCoy was responsible for the July 9 armed home invasion that left her injured after a masked intruder assaulted her and demanded expensive jewelry that McCoy had previously gifted her.
Cordon’s suit—which now includes Maisonet’s recently filed affidavit—also alleged that McCoy had been abusive toward his son; it states that the footballer “aggressively, physically” disciplined the child, and “beat” him over “minor mistakes.”
McCoy has not been charged over Cordon's allegations, and has not missed any games, according to Philly.com.
Maisonet, however, stated in her filing that she initially agreed to defend McCoy’s character in light of Cordon’s allegations of child abuse in exchange for McCoy agreeing to put an end to a custody battle that would allow her to move forward with enrolling her son in school in Miami.
The decision, which she says made because she believed at the time that she was “acting in the best interest of [her] son,” is one that she now regrets. She “knew the allegations were true,” she said in the affidavit.
“I regret ever agreeing to help LeShawn [sic] McCoy in this case. He should not get away with potentially orchestrating this heinous incident,” the filing reads. “I feel like I am sending our son to a monster every two weeks. LeShawn [sic] McCoy should be held accountable for his actions, regardless of his career choice or his income.”
The filing also included a photo of the child with bruises on his chin. Maisonet also claimed to have reported the alleged abuse to child services prior to Cordon’s home invasion.
McCoy once again denied allegations of child abuse in a statement posted to Twitter on Tuesday, calling the accusations “provably false, outrageously inaccurate, and offensive.”
“I have a loving and close knit relationship with my son,” the statement said. “That young boy is my whole life. With a custody case coming in November, I can see why these false allegations are surfacing.”
Allegations of abuse first surfaced after a woman claiming to be Cordon’s best friend posted a photo of Cordon’s bruised and bloody face on Instagram and claimed in the caption that McCoy was not only responsible for Cordon’s injuries, but had also abused his son, his dog, and had taken performance-enhancing drugs.
McCoy denied the allegations shortly afterward, calling them “totally baseless and offensive” and “completely false.”
[Photo: LeSean McCoy #25 of the Buffalo Bills runs to the locker room following the first half against the Denver Broncos on September 24, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats denver 26-16. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images]
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