Bru McCoy drops suit against USC before start at Tennessee

Bru McCoy has dropped his lawsuit against a 2021 emergency order that removed him from USC campus days after an arrest on charges of domestic violence involving an ex-girlfriend.

McCoy, a talented wide receiver from Santa Ana Mater Dei High, made the move to Tennessee in May. He played for USC as a freshman in 2020 but sat out 2021 after being expelled from campus.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff dismissed the case Tuesday, four days after McCoy made the request in a court filing.

McCoy filed the lawsuit in August, saying the university had no evidence to support its claim that McCoy posed an imminent threat to anyone’s physical health or safety and that his indefinite suspension was not supported by the facts of the case.

USC had maintained the suspension through the 2021 season, although the Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office in August declined to bring charges, citing insufficient evidence in a case labeled “he said she said domestic violence.”

McCoy and his accuser met in high school and have been together regularly ever since. The incident that led to his arrest for domestic violence happened on July 24, 2021 at his off-campus home.

In the woman’s request for a restraining order against McCoy last August, she wrote that McCoy “kicked and punched me multiple times in the ribs, choked my neck and then butted my nose, breaking it, repeatedly.” spat in my face and pinned me down and used my arms to force me to punch myself in the face and head.”

The attack, she said, resulted in a broken nose, muscle spasms, a concussion without consciousness, pleurodynia, a right arm contusion, chronic pansinusitis, head trauma, rib pain and a contusion of the back wall of her rib cage, as well as bruises and scrapes.

McCoy denied her allegations, and his attorneys described her in a November court filing as “a menacing, unpredictable and violent individual who does not respect Mr. McCoy’s wishes and boundaries.”

USC filed a Title IX complaint against McCoy, but dropped it after the woman — who was not a USC student — refused to attend a hearing and allow the school access to her medical records.

McCoy was the nation’s top-rated recruit in high school and enrolled at USC in the spring of 2019. He moved to Texas after Trojans offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury left to become the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. McCoy transferred back to USC a few months later, ending the 2019 season after a long, mysterious illness.

He made his debut in 2020 and made 21 receptions for 236 yards and two touchdowns in six games in a season curtailed because of the coronavirus pandemic. His debut came in a 28-27 comeback win over Arizona State, in which he caught a touchdown pass tapped by a teammate in the dying minutes and then recovered an onside kick that led to the winning scoring drive .

https://www.latimes.com/sports/usc/story/2022-07-13/bru-mccoy-drops-legal-action-against-usc-domestic-violence-tennessee Bru McCoy drops suit against USC before start at Tennessee

Emma Bowman

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