Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy told reporters on Thursday that he forgave the teen who broke into his house last week, a burglary that left McCoy’s father with a broken wrist.
“I forgive you,” McCoy said.
A 17-year-old male allegedly broke into McCoy’s house in New Tampa hours before the Buccaneers faced the Atlanta Falcons in a Thursday night game on Nov. 3. The intruder pulled a handgun on Gerald McCoy Sr., 59, after the elder McCoy confronted the suspect, according to Tampa police.
USA TODAY Sports chose not to reveal the suspect’s name because he’s a juvenile.
McCoy said at news conference that the suspect is “just a lost kid.”
“He probably just needs some guidance,” McCoy added. “Ain’t nothing to be upset over. It happens.”
Police apprehended the teen after another break-in was reported nearby. The suspect, who police said was identified by McCoy’s father and two other victims, was located hiding in a storage area.
The teen faces seven felonies, including armed burglary of an occupied dwelling, armed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, grand theft, aggravated assault and aggravated battery charges.
The suspect, who had outstanding warrants at the time of his arrest, is being held without bond in a Hillsborough County jail.