Eagles’ Josh Sills Indicted for Rape, Kidnapping Before Super Bowl

Josh Sills of the Philadelphia Eagles

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The NFL confirmed that Philadelphia Eagles offensive guard Josh Sills was positioned on the Commissioner Exempt Checklist and won’t play within the Tremendous Bowl after being indicted on costs of rape and kidnapping.

“Sills could not take part in practices and video games or journey with the crew whereas on the Commissioner Exempt Checklist,” the league mentioned in a press release on Wednesday, February 1. “The matter can be reviewed beneath the NFL’s private conduct coverage.”

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Philadelphia Eagles offensive guard Josh Sills has been indicted on one rely of rape and one rely of kidnapping in Ohio, the state’s legal professional normal has introduced.

The costs — each of that are first-degree felonies — have been filed within the Guernsey County Frequent Pleas Court docket on Tuesday, January 31, lower than two weeks earlier than the Eagles are slated to face off in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in Tremendous Bowl LVII.

Sills, 25, allegedly “engaged in sexual exercise that was not consensual and held a sufferer in opposition to her will” in December 2019, the Ohio Lawyer Common mentioned in a information launch. In accordance with the assertion, the alleged crime was instantly reported, and the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Workplace performed an in depth investigation. The Eagles have but to publicly tackle the costs. Us Weekly has reached out to Sills for remark.

Sills was issued a summons to look in Guernsey County Frequent Pleas Court docket on February 16, 4 days after the Tremendous Bowl takes place in Glendale, Arizona. The Ohio native joined the Eagles final yr as a free agent after going undrafted within the 2022 NFL draft. He performed in a single sport throughout his rookie season.

Previous to his NFL profession, Sills spent 4 seasons enjoying at West Virgina College earlier than transferring to Oklahoma State College for the 2020 season.

Sills’ indictment isn’t the primary time the NFL has been tormented by controversy. In September 2019, broad receiver Antonio Brown was accused of raping his former health coach Britney Taylor in a federal lawsuit, which alleged three incidents of sexual assault. Brown’s authorized crew denied the claims on the time, deeming the lawsuit a “cash seize.” The athlete had simply signed a one-year take care of the New England Patriots, however he was launched amid the scandal. In April 2021, Brown reached a settlement with Taylor.

The Central Michigan College alum continued to make headlines with alleged home violence incidents in January 2020. After turning himself in, he was charged with felony housebreaking of a car, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor legal mischief in March 2020. Three months later, he pleaded no contest and obtained two years of probation and was additionally ordered to finish a psychological analysis, 100 hours of neighborhood service and a 13-week anger administration counseling program.

The next April, Brown signed a one-year take care of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In January 2022, he pulled off his helmet and jersey and ran off the sphere in the midst of a sport in opposition to the New York Jets. Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians instructed reporters that Brown was “now not a Buc” after the sport.

Three days after the incident, Brown claimed in a prolonged social media assertion shared by his lawyer, Sean Burstyn, that his exit from the sport was because of “damaged bone fragments caught in my ankle, the ligament torn from the bone and cartilage loss, that are past painful.”

The Buccaneers subsequently confirmed they terminated the athlete’s contract and denied his claims about his harm.

“Whereas Antonio did obtain therapy on his ankle and was listed on the harm report the week main as much as final Sunday’s sport, he was cleared to play by our medical crew previous to the beginning of the sport and at no level throughout the sport did he point out to our medical personnel that he couldn’t play,” the January 2022 assertion learn.

Tremendous Bowl LVII will kick off on Sunday, February 12, at 6:30 P.M. ET.