Tuesday night, news broke that new Indianapolis Colts defensive end Chris McCain was being charged with two counts of battery stemming from an incident in Los Angeles this January while McCain was still a member of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star spoke with McCain after the reports surfaced, and McCain “vociferously denied” the allegations. According to The Star, “McCain is accused of spitting on and grabbing the neck of Arpi Davtyan, according to Los Angeles City Attorney documents obtained by IndyStar. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Los Angeles on July 13, the documents said, after charges were filed this week.”
McCain not only denies the event but he also says he has never even heard of the alleged victim. Not only that, but McCain says he has not been contacted by police or anybody involved. McCain quickly took to Twitter Tuesday night to deny the allegations, as did a woman who appears to be McCain’s fiance’.
Time out. Don’t not believe that mess.— Chris McCain (@LolosDad1026) June 5, 2018
I’m just confused cause idk what is going on.— Chris McCain (@LolosDad1026) June 5, 2018
The Chargers reportedly said they knew about these allegations back in January, and although it’s not known for sure, perhaps it was part of the reason they decided to rescind their restricted free agent tender on McCain back in April.
Reports of violence — particularly against women — is nothing new for NFL players, but it is taken much more seriously in the last few years after the PR mess that followed the Ray Rice situation.
In any instance, both sides deserve to be taken seriously and have their side of the story heard, and the NFL will certainly do its due diligence in investigating the matter regardless of the legal outcome. However, whether the charges stick or are dropped, and whether McCain were to be found guilty, he could see punishment from the league.
Stampede Blue will continue to keep you up to date on this story as developments occur.