The news of Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Josh Sills being indicted on charges of rape and kidnapping in Ohio has sent shockwaves throughout the NFL community. The charges come just two weeks before the Eagles are set to face off against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl, adding to the already high stakes of the game.
Sills, a rookie in the NFL, was indicted by a grand jury on one count of rape and one count of kidnapping stemming from an alleged incident in December 2019 when he was still playing for the West Virginia Mountaineers. The charges are first-degree felonies, and Sills is accused of engaging in nonconsensual sexual activity with a woman and holding her against her will.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office released a statement on Wednesday, stating that the crime was reported immediately, and the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office conducted a detailed investigation. Sills is expected to appear in court on Feb. 16, less than a week after the Super Bowl.
Bob Lange, senior vice president of communications for the Eagles, acknowledged the charges and stated that the team is in communication with the league office to gather more information. He declined to comment further.
“It’s a devastating situation for everyone involved,” said one NFL insider who wished to remain anonymous. “It’s heartbreaking to see something like this happen, especially to a young player in his rookie season. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim, and we hope justice is served.”
The news has prompted a wave of reactions on social media, with many fans expressing shock and disappointment. “This is a dark day for the NFL,” wrote one Twitter user. “We need to do better as a league and as a society to ensure that these kinds of crimes are never tolerated.”
The case is being prosecuted by the Special Prosecutions Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, and the outcome will be closely watched by the NFL community.