Po.lice Ex NFL player staged fake hate crime at his business
Police Ex NFL player staged fake hate crime at his business A former NFL player allegedly paintedslurs on the walls and destroyed his Georgia business in an attempt to stake a fake hate crime and burglary, , 31, who played for several NFL teams from 2012 to 2016, including the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals, was arrested on Thursday. Authorities said in a release that officers were called to the Create and Bake Restaurant and Coughmans Creamery on Duluth Highway on Wednesday to a report of burglary in progress. Officers later went into the business and found graffiti including swastikas, and racist terms like monkey and the N word spray painted on the walls, among other damage. In a press statement, Cpl. Michele Pihera said a shopping plaza maintenance worker saw someone burglarizing the restaurant late Wednesday evening and called police, adding that the alleged burglar was driving a black Silverado with no license plates. Police pulled over the truck thinking it could be a suspect in the burglary, and saw that Coughman was driving. “Were so fortunate that somebody saw something weird, saw something suspicious and called us,” Pihera told. “Thats when they asked him about it, and he said hes the owner of the business. Police searched the back of Coughmans truck and found several flat screen TVs that looked strange. “The TVs were still attached to brackets and damaged drywall, the department said in a release provided to Yahoo. Officers checked the inside of the restaurant and speculated that the TVs were probably ripped off the wall. They described the paint used on the graffitied walls as being fresh, and claim that when they inspected Coughmans hands, they saw black spray paint. According to the police department, Coughman contacted his insurance company directly after the incident. He told officers that he noticed the damage and theft of equipment earlier in the day. He said that he called his insurance company to report the incident, but he did not call 911, the department said in a release. “He had reported this incident to his insurance company prior to officers conducting that first pull over,” Pihera told WBS TV. “He was attempting to leave that shopping center when our officers conducted that felony stop. Everything lined up for this perfect arrest.” According to WBS TV, Coughmans business partner, another NFL player, was arrested for selling alcohol after hours in their business without a license. Coughman has been bonded out of jail. Hes facing three charges including insurance fraud, making a false report and a tag violation for taking his plate off. The Yelp page for the Lawrenceville business has beenreferencing the incident. No one answered the phone at the business when Yahoo called for comment. Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle: Follow us on, and for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.