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Browns rookie Corey Coleman denies participation in alleged felonious assault in lobby of his Cleveland apartment building

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    Corey Coleman (19) practices before an NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys Nov. 6 in Cleveland.



Browns receiver Corey Coleman was named in a police report regarding an alleged felonious assault early Dec. 31 in downtown Cleveland but denied playing a role through his attorney and agent.

“My client denies participating in this incident,” attorney Kevin Spellacy said in a statement. “He will fully cooperate with the appropriate authorities and looks forward to clearing his name from what has been alleged.”

Detectives are in the process of reviewing video footage, a police spokeswoman said. Spellacy said the video shows Coleman wasn’t involved.

He added the police haven’t talked to his client.

Coleman traveled to Pittsburgh and completed his rookie season Jan. 1 in the 27-24 overtime loss to the Steelers in the finale.

A Browns spokesman said the team’s aware of what has been alleged and had no further comment.

The incident happened at 2:50 a.m. in the lobby of the Pinnacle Condominiums on West Lakeside Avenue, where Coleman lives.

The Chronicle-Telegram obtained a copy of the police report. Adam Sapp, a 26-year-old Mayfield Heights resident, told police he and Nina Holman walked through the lobby and a verbal confrontation started with four males who got off the elevator. Sapp said he didn’t know what happened next but was woken in a stairwell of the building by Holman.

“That was Corey Coleman! I can’t believe he did that to you! I know that’s him!” Sapp said Holman told him, according to the police report.

Sapp spent a night at Lutheran Hospital and told police he suffered a concussion, ruptured ear drum and bruises.

“Unfortunately Corey Coleman’s name has surfaced in a police report concerning an incident that occurred in the lobby of the apartment complex in which he lives,” agent David Mulugheta said in a statement. “Corey, while aware of the incident, denies the allegations that have been made and looks forward to clearing his name.”

Coleman was the No. 15 pick in the draft out of Baylor. He caught 33 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns and missed six weeks with a broken hand.

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