Browns wideout Corey Coleman is included in a police report in which an alleged felonious assault occurred on New Year’s Eve in Cleveland, however police say Coleman is not a suspect in the case.
Cleveland police are investigating, and the Browns are aware of the investigation.
“My client denies participating in this incident,” Coleman’s attorney, Kevin Spellacy, said in a statement. “He will fully cooperate with the appropriate authorities and looks forward to clearing his name from what has been alleged.”
Spellacy later said that Cleveland police have a video that shows Coleman is not involved at all in the incident.
Coleman’s agent, David Mulugheta, issued a statement saying, “Corey, while aware of the incident, denies the allegations that have been made and looks forward to clearing his name.”
The incident took place in the lobby of the Pinnacle Condominiums, where Coleman lives. Adam Sapp of Mayfield Heights, Ohio ended up in hospital with a concussion and ruptured eardrum. Sapp and Nina Holman, listed as a witness in the case, were walking towards an elevator at 2:50 AM when four men got off the elevator. Words were exchanged, and then Sapp, “is unclear of what happened next, but he was woken up by Nina Holman in a stairwell,” according to the police report.
Sapp couldn’t identify any of the four men involved, but the report states Holman told Sapp that Coleman was one of the four men. Sapp lost consciousness and was treated by EMS at the scene, and declined to file a police report while saying he couldn’t ID any of them involved.
Coleman then traveled with the Browns to Pittsburgh for their season finale against the Steelers. Holman didn’t comment on the case when contacted by ESPN. The police report also states that it is “unclear at this time ID of males who assaulted Sapp,” and Holman was not available to give a statement when the report was filed.
Coleman, a first round pick of the Browns from Baylor in the past NFL Draft, had 33 catches for 413 yards and three TDs in his rookie season. Given the trials and tribulations that Josh Gordon and the Browns have been through in recent years, the team has to hope that Coleman doesn’t go down that same path.