'Philadelphia Eagles' Josh Sills: No Wrongdoing Found, Cleared of Rape and Kidnapping Charges'
Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Josh Sills has been found not guilty of rape and kidnapping charges. He is now eligible to rejoin the team.
Angel Saunders, a writer for PEOPLE since 2023, provides an update on the legal case involving Josh Sills, an offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles. Sills has been found not guilty of first-degree felony charges for rape and kidnapping after a 5-day trial.
The jury deliberated for approximately three hours on Friday before reaching their verdict. Sills, 25, expressed his relief and innocence after the verdict was read. He stated, "I've done nothing wrong, and I am glad that was proven today." Sills' attorney, Michael Connick, also commented on the outcome, mentioning that his client can now rejoin his teammates and continue his football career.
The accusations against Sills led to his placement on the Commissioner's Exempt List, which prevented him from participating in team activities. However, with the not guilty verdict, the NFL has removed him from the list, allowing him to return to the team. The Philadelphia Eagles released a statement acknowledging the verdict and stating that Sills will be reinstated to the active roster.
While Sills has been cleared of the charges, the Ohio attorney general, Dave Yost, expressed his continued belief in the victim. However, he acknowledged that criminal convictions require proof beyond a reasonable doubt and commended the jury for fulfilling their duty under the law.
The incident in question allegedly occurred in December 2019, with the victim accusing Sills of forcibly restraining and sexually assaulting her. Prosecutors argued that Sills compelled the victim to submit through force or threat of force. The woman reported the incident the following day, but Sills was not charged until more than three years later.
The case gained attention in February when a police report became public, just weeks before the Philadelphia Eagles were set to play in the 2023 Super Bowl. The report stated that during the alleged attack, a friend of the woman attempted to intervene but was unsuccessful.
Throughout the legal proceedings, both the NFL and the Philadelphia Eagles have been monitoring the situation. Now that Sills has been acquitted, he can focus on his football career and move forward with his life. This outcome marks the end of a challenging period for Sills, who was signed as an undrafted rookie last season but had his playing time cut short due to the allegations against him.