Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive lineman Josh Sills was indicted on Wednesday on rape and kidnapping charges. The Guernsey County Common Pleas Court grand jury in Ohio announced the charges, both are first-degree.
JOSH SILLS INDICTED
The alleged crime was committed in December 2019. Per the release, Sills engaged in non-consensual sexual activity and held his victim against her will.
According to the police report from said night, an officer was dispatched to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center emergency room located in Cambridge, Ohio. A woman explained that her and her cousin were dropped off at the cousin’s residence by a man. After the cousin exited the vehicle, “the male grabbed her by the arm and pulled her back into the truck.” The male tried kissing her, pulling her hair. Though the woman repeatedly told him to stop, the man continued. The man then tried to take off her pants and kept “touching me down there.” It was also stated that the man forced her to have oral sex with him.
The man was identified as Josh Sills — someone who she had known for seven to eight years.
Photos were taken of the victim for evidence.
A summons was issued for Sills to appear before the court on February 16.
After the news was announced on Wednesday, the NFL stated that Sills has been placed on the Commissioner’s Except List. He is not permitted to participate in practices, games, or travel with the Eagles. The league will now begin a personal conduct policy review.
Sills attended West Virginia from 2016 to 2019. He then transferred to Oklahoma State in 2020. After declaring for the NFL draft in 2022, he went unselected. However, the Eagles signed him as an undrafted free agent this past offseason. He appeared in one game for Philadelphia this season.
With the Eagles now on a Super Bowl run, awaiting the big match-up with the Kansas City Chiefs, Sills will be watching from afar.
The Eagles released a statement this morning stating, “The organization is aware of the legal matter involving Josh Sills. We have been in communication with the league office and are in the process of gathering more information. We have no further comment at this time.”