LeSEAN McCOY says he is "deeply sorry and remorseful" for the fallout following the explicit Twitter feud he waged with his baby mama "Steph" over the weekend.
The Eagles running back's apologized Monday to his family, the Philadelphia Eagles, his fans, and "every young person who views me as a role model." Initially, McCoy claimed his account was hacked and removed his Twitter page.
"This is not who I am as a person, nor the image I ever wanted to portray of myself. It's definitely not the example I want to set for my son," McCoy said in a statement released by his personal reps. The statement said his Twitter account wasn't hacked.
"I apologize for trying to make it seem like it was not me. Due to my bad judgment and frustration, I allowed a very personal matter to be played out on a social network, of all things. It was immature and unprofessional for me to do so and to encourage others to join in," McCoy said.
During the argument with the mother of his 9-month-old son, McCoy encouraged his followers to harass her online after she described him as a deadbeat dad who has herpes and recently performed oral sex on her to avoid child-support payments. McCoy tweeted that she was a fraud who was trying to boost her fame at his expense.
In his statement Monday, McCoy said: "I take great pride in being a good father and strive to one day be a great one. I've always done everything in my means to provide for my son financially, emotionally, and most importantly with my time and heart."
Will, Souljah get real
Overbrook superstar Will Smith hosts a discussion about love and relationships called "Real Talk" with author Sister Souljah on Saturday afternoon at the Temple Performing Arts Center (1837 N. Broad).
The event, sponsored by the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, deals largely with Souljah's newest novel, A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story.
WDAS' Patty Jackson and WRNB's Lady B will emcee the sold-out event. Souljah and Smith are longtime friends.
Jackman loves Union
Hugh Jackman wore a Union jersey during rehearsals for Saturday's Academy Ball concert and used one during the show to wipe the brow of Philadelphia Orchestra music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Jackman, as we mentioned recently, is a friend of Union chairman Jay Sugarman and GM Nick Sakiewicz. Neither could attend the ball.
After hosting and performing at the Academy Ball, Jackman hightailed it back to Los Angeles to help represent "Les Miserables" at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Meeting in Manayunk
Amy Laurent of Bravo's "Miss Advised," JoAnn Ward of VH1's "Tough Love," Fox 29 traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell and "Bachelorette" alum and lawyer Craig Robinson will help 95.7 BEN FM's Marilyn Russell with her "Mile of Meet" singles event Feb. 8 at the Manayunk Brewing Co. (4120 Main).
The event runs from 6 to 10:30 p.m. and is open to all singles. Women who attend can "Win a Date with a Wing," as Philadelphia Wings lacrosse player Brian Teuber will select a winner. Women need not pre-register, but men are required to do so at ilikebenfm.com or between 6 and 7:30 p.m. at the event.
OUT AND ABOUT When 102.9 WMGK's John DeBella told comedian Jim Gaffigan on his show last week about the $100 Kobe beef cheesesteak at Barclay Prime, Gaffigan suggested they go to dinner there after his Tower Theater show Saturday. They did, along with comedian Tom Shillue, who opened for Gaffigan at the sold-out show. * Hammonton, N.J., native and "American Idol" contestant
hung out Saturday
night with friends
at The Quarter at
Tropicana in Atlantic City.
One charitable chicken
Sean McGonagle, who uses a wheelchair, will help Sportsradio 94WIP's Big Daddy Graham deliver the ceremonial first chicken at Friday's Wing Bowl XXI at the Wells Fargo Center. Graham says the guys are raising awareness for the Mid-Atlantic Spinal Cord Injury Fund. For info, visit helphopelive.org.