NFL Lineman Indicted on Multiple Felony Counts Days Before Super Bowl Game

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Josh Sills has been indicted on charges of rape and kidnapping, coming as a shock to many just two weeks before he was slated to take the field for Super Bowl LVII against the Kansas City Chiefs.

According to a report from entertainment site TMZ, Sills, was charged following an incident in Guernsey County, Ohio back in December 2019 where prosecutors claim he “engaged in sexual activity that was not consensual and held a victim against her will.”

The indictment outlines one charge of rape which states that Sills had purposely compelled the victim against their will, and one charge of kidnapping which claims Sills had forced or threatened the victim with force in order to facilitate either a felony or flight afterwards.

The grand jury indicted Sills earlier this week and the case is currently being handled by the Special Prosecutions Section of the Attorney General’s Office. After being ordered to appear at the Guernsey County Common Pleas Court at 1 p.m. on February 16th, further details regarding his involvement may be revealed then.

Sills came onto the team as an undrafted free agent for 2022 and only saw action in four snaps during special teams duty during a game against Arizona Cardinals. Prior to joining Philadelphia, he played college football for Oklahoma State University. These charges have led many to question if Sills’ presence could impact his team’s chances come game day, especially after such a successful season so far and a chance at making history by taking home another Super Bowl victory for Philadelphia.

Who knows how this will affect the outcome of the game. If he plays, will he be able to focus completely the way that he should, or will his performance suffer because of all of this? What will people think if he does play? What does that say about what his team and coaching staff believe about the situation?


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