Police: Fake Hate Crime : Ex-NFL player trashed his...
...2 businesses to make it look like a hate crime
Perhaps his next venture will be opening up a fake news website with Jussie Smollett?
He’s a former NFL player who couldn’t hack it. Apparently business wasn’t his thing either. Police have arrested him over accusations that he trashed a restaurant and an ice cream shop he owned near Atlanta to make it look like a hate crime.
According to Gwinett County police, they found the n-word, “monkey,” “MAGA” and swastikas left on the booths and walls of the two businesses, Create & Bake Pizza and Coughman’s Creamery in Lawrenceville.
On Thursday, 31-year-old Edawn Coughman of Buford, was arrested. He’s charged with falsely reporting a burglary, insurance fraud and concealing a license plate. He’s since been bonded out of jail.
Police sent out a news release about the incident. They said that on Wednesday night, an officer responded to a 911 call reporting a man damaging the restaurant and the ice cream shop and getting away in a truck without a license plate.
It looked like someone had broken in through the back door of the restaurant.
Here’s where it gets good. They caught up to the truck and pulled it over. Who was driving it?
They say it was Coughman, the owner of the damaged businesses. Police said in the truck were several TVs that appeared to have been ripped from a wall.
According to police, Coughman said he had noticed the damage earlier in the day and called his insurance company to report it. He told them he didn’t dial 911.
“It’s possible he was trying to stage this as a hate crime,” Cpl. Michele Pihera said.
Funny how things worked out, he said.
“We don’t know if he was trying to get attention for this. What we do know is, if that witness had not called us and if those officers had not responded as quickly as they did, we would probably be sitting here talking about a completely different crime in which Mr. Coughman would be trying to say he’s a victim.”
Coughman’s football career didn’t last very long… and apparently his business career won’t either.
He was signed out of Shaw University to the Seattle Seahawks practice squad in 2012. He spent parts of the next season with the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills, then went on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014 and then the Washington Redskins later that season.
Now he’s in jail, which seems to be a familiar place for many in the NFL.
And those reporting fake hate crimes… unless, of course, they get a pass.
Speaking of… on a more positive note, the Jussie Smollett case was reopened in June.
It’s no secret that police are ripping mad over the Jussie Smollett case being totally dropped. But now with the case being reopened, it’s game on. And they’ve started by releasing nearly 70 hours of video footage, including body cam video of the alleged staged attack.
The same body cam that Smollett asked police to turn off as soon as he realized they were recording.
In case some need a recap of the Jussie Smollett saga, here goes.,,''
We all remember stupid Smollett, there is no need to post info about his crime again.