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DA declines to file charges against USC receiver Bru McCoy

USC receiver Bru McCoy warms up before a football game against UCLA on Dec 12, 2020
USC receiver Bru McCoy warms up before facing UCLA on Dec 12, 2020, in Pasadena.
(Ashley Landis / Associated Press)

USC receiver Bru McCoy won’t face criminal charges after the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office declined to file a case following his arrest last month on suspicion of felony intimate partner violence.

The district attorney’s office cited insufficient evidence when asked about its decision but offered no further details.

“We appreciate the careful consideration by both the district attorney’s office and LAPD,” Michael Goldstein, McCoy’s attorney, said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We always trusted the process and the right decision was made.”

USC receiver Bru McCoy, a Mater Dei alum, was arrested last month on suspicion of felony intimate partner violence with injury and will not participate in the start of training camp.

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McCoy, 21, was arrested July 24 at 5:30 p.m. on suspicion of violating California Penal Code Section 273.5(a), which pertains to a person who “willfully inflicts corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition” upon a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant or dating partner.

He was released the same night on $50,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in court Nov. 24.

In the wake of his arrest, McCoy was temporarily removed from team activities just as USC opened its preseason training camp in August. The university’s Title IX office is reviewing the incident independent of law enforcement.

Though McCoy won’t face criminal charges, his future on the USC football team remains murky. USC said in a statement McCoy’s status with the team is “unchanged.”

“USC’s Office for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX is handling this matter,” a university spokesperson said.

It’s unclear whether if McCoy is allowed on campus while that review continues. When the redshirt sophomore receiver was first removed from team activities, USC coach Clay Helton and a university spokesperson declined to comment on whether McCoy was still allowed on campus.

A former top prospect who starred at Santa Ana Mater Dei, McCoy was expected to play a major role on USC’s offense this season after a turbulent start to his tenure at the school. He left USC to enroll at Texas as a freshman, then returned to USC only to sit out his freshman season with a mysterious illness. Last season, he caught 21 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns, positioning himself as one of the Trojans’ top options heading into 2021.

Whether he’ll return for USC this season remains to be seen.


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