The Colts had to deal with a distraction during mini camp in June regarding newly signed defensive end Chris McCain. Today he pleaded not guilty to two counts of battery.
New Colts defensive end pleaded not guilty to two counts of battery in Los Angeles. This is in regards to an incident that took place in January in which a woman claims he spat on her and grabbed her around the neck.
The Colts opted for McCain to not be apart of mini camp in June to avoid possible distractions that might come with his presence. While McCain maintains that the woman is lying about the alleged incident, the Colts can not afford to take any chances.
Domestic incidents are incredibly sensitive. Any abuse or instance of battery in a domestic situation is inexcusable and disgusting. However, it is important to let the process play out. If McCain is found not guilty, the Colts should welcome him back with open arms.
A similar situation happened with a Colts player a few years ago. Linebacker Josh McNary was accused of rape by a woman. He was eventually found not guilty of the charge. He was able to resume his career with the Jaguars, but is currently a free agent.
Whichever way this case ends, Indianapolis needs to tread carefully. They need to make it known that any behavior of this sort will not be tolerated. They need to make their stance strong. So far it has been because McCain hasn’t been around the team since all of this.
If McCain is found guilty, expect the team to cut him. He isn’t a transcendent talent that can overcome an issue like this. Keep an eye on this situation as it unfolds.