Former NFL Player Accused of Staging Hate Crime on His Restaurant

A former NFL player is facing criminal charges, accused of destroying his business near Atlanta in an attempt to make it look like a hate crime burglary.

According to police, EdawnLouis Coughman, 31, was arrested and charged with false report of a crime, insurance fraud, and concealing a license plate.

Coughman played four several teams, including the Washington Redskins, the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals during his four seasons.

Police say, the incident was first reported by a caller that said someone inside Create & Bake Pizza and Coughman’s Creamery was damaging the business. The witness also reported the suspect was driving a black car without a license plate.

Coughman, the owner of the business, was confronted by officers after they saw him driving the described vehicle nearby, police said.

In the report, police noted there were “several televisions in the bed of the truck and inside the cab,” some of which were “still attached to the brackets with damaged drywall.”

Inside the pizza and ice cream shop, police found several words and graffiti symbols on the walls and seat cushions in black spray paint. Officers say they also saw “racially-motivated words,” swastikas and the word “MAGA.”

Other damage included broken mirrors, cut wires, and a damaged surveillance system.

According to Coughman attorney, he had noticed the damage earlier in the day and called his insurance company to report the damages but did not call 911.

After he was arrested, police found a yellow crowbar and cans of black spray paint in his vehicle.

Police say it appears that Coughman attempted to damage his property and make it look like a hate crime.



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