Oops it happened again.
This time it wasn’t Jussie Smullet but a former pro-football player, Edawn Coughman, who staged a hate crime.
Coughman, who played 9 games for the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts, was arrested September 12, 2019, and was charged with filing a false police report and insurance fraud.
He was released on bond.
Coughman called 911 and allegedly staged a burglary and vandalizing his own business, Create and Bake Restaurant and Coughman’s Creamery on Duluth Highway in Lawrenceville, according to Gwinnett County Police.
The caller said that someone was inside the restaurant damaging the business and the suspect’s black Chevrolet Silverado with no license plate was parked outside, 11Alive News reports.
When police arrived on the scene they saw the Silverado leaving the shopping center, and found Coughman driving the truck.
Several televisions, still attached to their brackets and pieces of drywall, were found in the bed of the truck he was driving. He told the police that the store had been vandalized earlier in the day and he called the insurance company but hadn’t called the police.
The walls were spray-painted with racial slurs, swastikas, and “MAGA”– and the paint was still wet– the officers said.
“Booths had been sliced open, mirrors were broken, wires were cut, and the surveillance system has been damaged,” 11Alive reports.
After getting a search warrant, officers found the same paint used on the walls in Coughman’s truck.
Coughman was signed by eight NFL teams, but never played in a regular-season game. He attended Tri-Cities High School in East Point and Shaw University in North Carolina.