A former NFL player has been arrested in Georgia and accused of trashing his own business with racist slurs and the phrase “MAGA,” to make it appear as if Trump supporters and racists attacked him.
Edawn Coughman, 31-year-old former Washington Redskins tackle, was arrested Thursday, Sept. 12, in Gwinnett County, Georgia, after someone reported the vandalism of his restaurant, Create & Bake Pizza and Coughman’s Creamery in Lawrenceville.
Police found the establishment damaged after a 911 call on Wednesday night reporting it was being broken into and defaced, according to 11 Alive.
When police arrived, they observed Coughman driving away in a black Chevy Silverado from the place. When they pulled him over, there were a number of flatscreen TVs which appeared to have been ripped from a wall of the restaurant in the truck’s bed.
According to Gwinnett County Police Department, officers discovered that Coughman’s property had been seriously vandalized with “MAGA” spray painted on the walls several times along with racial epithets and swastikas.
The security system was disabled and destroyed, seating booths were sliced up, and mirrors were broken.
Police obtained a search warrant and recovered the same color spray paints used in the damage as well as the crowbar in the truck. It matched the paint color of a device used to break open the restaurant’s back door.
Coughman was charged with false report of a burglary, insurance fraud, and concealing a license plate, police said.