Philadelphia Eagles’ Josh Sills charged with rape and kidnapping : NPR
Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Josh Sills was charged with rape and kidnapping in Ohio on Tuesday – two weeks before the football team prepares to play in the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs .
Sills, who is in his rookie season with the NFL, was indicted by a Guernsey County Court of Common Pleas grand jury on one count of rape and one count of kidnapping, the attorney general’s office said Wednesday. of Ohio in a statement.
The two first-degree felony charges stem from an alleged incident in December 2019, when the 6-foot-6 guard was still in college, playing for the West Virginia Mountaineers. According to the indictment, Sills is accused of having non-consensual sex with a woman and holding her against her will.
“The crime was immediately reported and the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office conducted a detailed investigation,” the statement said.
Sills, now 25, is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 16, less than a week after the Super Bowl. The case is being prosecuted by the Special Prosecutions Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Bob Lange, senior vice president of communications for the Eagles, told NPR the team is aware of the charges. “We have been in communication with the league office and are gathering more information. We have no further comment at this time,” Lange said in an emailed statement.
Sills was signed by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent from Oklahoma State University last spring. He has only played one game this season.