Ex-NFL Player Caught Vandalizing Own Businesses, Faking Hate Crime

Former NFL player Edawn Coughman was arrested after he trashed his own businesses to fake a hate crime.

Lawrenceville, GA – A one-time National Football League (NFL) player has been charged destroying his own businesses to fake a hate crime.

The incident began at about 9:30 p.m. last Wednesday when a maintenance worker at the shopping plaza reported a burglary in progress at Create and Bake Restaurant and Coughman’s Creamery, WSBT reported.

The maintenance worker reported having seen a black pickup truck with no license plate leaving the scene.

Gwinnett County police officers who were already in the area quickly spotted the truck and stopped it, WSBT reported.

Officer expected to find a burglary suspect in the truck, but instead they encountered former NFL player Edawn Coughman, the owner of the two businesses that had been vandalized.

"That's when they asked him about it, and he said he's the owner of the business," Gwinnett County Police Corporal Michele Pihera told WSBT.

Police then searched Coughman’s truck and said they found several flat-screen TVs in the bed with the brackets still attached and drywall hanging from the brackets as if they had been torn off of a wall.

Officers also found that Coughman had black spray paint on his hands that appeared to match “racially motivated” graffiti that was left inside the restaurant by whomever broke in, WSBT reported.

Police said the words “monkey” and “n----r” had been painted alongside “MAGA,” the acronym for President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, Make America Great Again.

WSBT reports showed that swastikas and other slurs had been painted on the walls of both businesses.

Police also recovered cans of black spray paint from Coughman’s truck.

Coughman told police that the burglary had happened earlier in the day and that he had already contacted his insurance company, although he had failed to call the police, WSBT reported.

“He had reported this incident to his insurance company prior to officers conducting that first pull-over," Cpl. Pihera said. "He was attempting to leave that shopping center when our officers conducted that felony stop. Everything lined up for this perfect arrest."

Police don’t know why the former professional football player trashed his own businesses.

"We don't know if it was financial motivation or what the case is," Cpl. Pihera told WSBT.

Coughman was arrested and charged with insurance fraud, making a false report, and a tag violation for not having a license plate on his vehicle.

He bonded out of jail but police said he could face additional charges in connection with the incident, WSBT reported.

Coughman never played in an NFL game but was on the practice squads of several different NFL teams before he was cut by the Arizona Cardinals in 2016.

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THEDUKE
THEDUKE

and the NFL loser hits ...they just keep on coming like a never ending train wreck. ch..ch.ch.ch ........Woooh ....Woooh ch ch ch ch !

flybynight
flybynight

Should have hired Jussie. 🙄🤔

cdean1982
cdean1982

Can we get some hate crime charges here seeing as there is no way in hell (Jussie) that this can be disproven as one!!!

Ibizian
Ibizian

I'll bet if they had better laws against insurance fraud and false reporting.... Oh wait.. That's right.. They do.. But the criminals today, don't ever get held accountable for their actions.. Just look at HCD!!

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

This guy seems to have a lot of hate bottled up himself...

flybynight
flybynight

Getting to the point you can't even get a emoji blast out of the soul patrol trolls. I'm feeling pretty low now. 🤷‍♂️

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

This shit is getting real old. The last real hate crime against blacks was that kid in Charlestown shooting up the black church, in 2015. Before Trump was even elected. Since then we have had numerous public officials accuse cops of mistreating them, because of their race, until the body cams showed them to be fucking liars. Then you have the infamous Smollett affair, which that black bitch Jamie Foxx decided not to prosecute, because she's a racist bitch. Now this. Insurance fraud? I doubt it. More like 'Hey look at me!" "I'm rich, but still persecuted!" 'That means you white bastards need to bend over backwards even more!" Good job officers! I have been to Lawrenceville. This guy isn't going to get the "get out of jail free card" that Smollett got. The town may have virtually the same racial makeup as Chicago, but in the rural Deep South, no race gets special treatment.

LEO0301
LEO0301

This type of crime deserves a severe punishment, like life in prison. Had he not been caught that night this would have been front page news on all the liberal news sites. All of HCD's cousins would be using it as an example of racism in America brought on by Trump.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

The fact that these idiots have to create these racist hoaxes is proof that USA is one of the least racist countries on Earth. No where else do you see this behavior occurring. We gotta get people out of this victim mindset, or this will keep happening.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

So the only thing less impressive than his professional NFL career is his spastic disability in the pursuit of crime. Plus he’s no longer a contender for being a professional victim of hate. Kinda running out of vocational options. He had the freedom to pursue sport, and to operate a business. The bigot who held him down and screwed him over is the unhappy fool who looks back at him in the bathroom mirror.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I enjoy looking at every single article for months and months and seeing numerous references to me before I even say anything. It's a solid boost to my ego. Keep it up!

61mouse
61mouse

Another one that hates the color of his skin

Pooliscool
Pooliscool

Next thing you know obumer will have his lawers trying to spin this against the police.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Ahhh, all this fuss. It’s just a black thing dontcha know? He was just having fun. No, wait! He was actually perpetrating a deliberate hate crime!! I’ll bet that this slimy turd is a democrat!!

Storm45
Storm45

Once the entitlements are gone, these specimens simply cannot play on a level field.

TXBLKCONSERVATIVE
TXBLKCONSERVATIVE

Juicy Jr.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

It seems to be a common theme concerning hate crimes. The vast majority are perpetrated by the alleged victim according to reports. I don’t remember which ones.

CrowWingKid
CrowWingKid

Why Isn’t Faking a hate crime a hate crime?! It’s specifically designed to promote hatred. Wurd.

Scottie2hottie
Scottie2hottie

Im here right now i walked past the door in saw that word i was like what my girl works at ribbys yall come through they got fried ribs yall oh but dude locked up what he did to his ice cream shop he needs to be in jail 2hottie loves the kids im out i wish i had his money

Stu Redman
Stu Redman

Who is this? Juicy Smellets boyfriend?