McCoy ready to return money from missed nightclub appearance

Posted: March 26, 2011

The brother of Eagles running back LeSean McCoy said the $2,500 advance the player received for an appearance he failed to show up for in the Wilkes-Barre area 2 weeks ago "is ready to be returned."

McCoy received the advance to appear at a meet-and-greet and autograph-signing session on March 11 at Bentley's, a restaurant and nightclub in Ashley in northeastern Pennsylvania.

But he never made it there.

McCoy told Bentley's he had a flat tire on the way to the appearance. The restaurant offered to send a car to get him, but according to his brother, LeRon, who runs the promotion company that set up the appearance, it wasn't big enough to accommodate the player and the personal security staff who had accompanied him.

McCoy ended up returning to Philadelphia, leaving several hundred people who had bought tickets to meet him disappointed and angry.

"Numerous communication that night was made with the folks at Bentley's explaining LeSean's car situation," his brother said in an email to the Daily News. "He was on his way until a Bentley's representative claimed he refused to pay him [the remainder of his fee] because of him being late. At this point, it was seen as a total insult. We decided to travel back towards Philadelphia."

Asked why McCoy hadn't yet returned the advance he received, LeRon said: "We were sensing they wanted to take us to court for punitive damages and get more than the money they sent. Washing our hands and sending back the deposit was second option only to a rescheduling."

LeRon said a representative of his promotion company, DreamCatcher Entertainment, left a voice mail and sent an email to Bentley's the next day to see whether it wanted to reschedule the event. But a spokesman for the club said no one from McCoy's group ever contacted it. In fact, the club ended up hiring an attorney when he didn't return the advance.

"We have reached out to reconcile and will continue," LeRon McCoy said. McCoy said both parties were at fault for what happened.

"LeSean has always been known for his maturity and good-natured attitude," his brother said. "The last thing he would do is stiff a club out of money or disappoint fans.

"LeSean has done more than a hundred signings and appearances. To my knowledge, this is [only] his second missed date. The first being a cancellation because the Eagles brass deemed so."

Birdseed

The Eagles were awarded a pair of seventh-round compensatory picks in next month's draft. Compensatory picks are given to teams for free agents they lost the previous year. The two additional picks gives the Eagles 10 selections in the draft - one in the first, second and third rounds, two in the fourth round, two in the fifth round and three in the seventh round. They don't have a selection in Round 6. *

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