Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson responded to questions Wednesday about an Oct. 15 incident that drew a police response to Fletcher Cox’s South New Jersey home.
Cox, a veteran defensive tackle for the Eagles, was at home when a man showed up there looking for his ex-girlfriend, reported 6ABC, quoting court records.
Records identified the intruder as Corbyn Nyemah, and said he damaged the woman’s vehicle parked at the home before throwing rocks through the front door in an attempt to break in. Nyemah also allegedly walked around the property with a baseball bat and tried to get in through the garage multiple times, but he fled when Cox appeared with a shotgun, 6ABC said.
Cox missed practice on Oct. 15. The team’s injury report said he had an illness that day. Asked whether Cox missed practice because of the incident, Pederson said, “unrelated to that, yeah.”
“The police are handling it. It’s a personal issue, so I’m out of it,” Pederson said.
Harrison Township Police Lt. Ron Cundey said the department could not elaborate because of the nature of the incident. “State law prohibits the police department from releasing information on certain types of crimes,” said Cundey, the department’s public information officer.
Pederson, asked whether the incident raises issues about players’ safety, took a wait-and-see approach.
“As far as the security issue, we look into it and obviously the police get involved. From that standpoint, I can’t do anything other than hear the results of the investigation and what comes out of that. Obviously, we do our best to protect our players here on the premises.”
Ramping up security of team premises is a possibility, Pederson said.
“That’s something we’ll look into, obviously, after we get the report back from the police.”