Philadelphia Eagles star defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is being sued for banging another man’s wife and ruining the marriage.
Joshua Jeffords filed a suit on Nov. 22, accusing Cox of “alienation of affection”, which is a real thing in North Carolina, the state in which Jeffords lives.
Jeffords says he and his wife were happily married – or so he thought – until he found texts and Snapchats between the 6-foot-4, 310-pound Cox and his wife. The messages went beyond the sexts and dick pics typical in such an affair. Fletcher said he wanted to get the woman pregnant, and in case she wasn’t sure he meant it, he emphasized “I’m dead ass serious” and “You ain’t gone be no damn single mom.”
She seemed totally down with all this, texting Cox, “We’d make some damn beautiful babies.”
According to Jeffords, his wife met the football player when she was on a business trip in Pennsylvania in April.
Jeffords says she bounced to Pennsylvania permanently in October after he confronted her about her extra-curricular activities.
As one of the best defensive lineman in the NFL, Cox makes bank, to the tune of a six-year, $102 million contract he signed with the Eagles last year. Jeffords, who says he’s suffering from “substantial emotional distress” from the ordeal and that he checked himself in to a medical facility for mental health treatment, is seeking a minimum of $50,000 from Cox.
“We would be doing this if it was anybody,” Jeffords lawyer, Christopher Adkins told WBTV (via the Charlotte Observer). “ … Mr. Cox’s actions have driven that wedge in between the marriage of Mr. Jeffords and Mrs. Jeffords and have completely destroyed and ruined that relationship.”
According to North Carolina state law, as cited by TMZ, the first news outlet to report the story, alienation of affection has to meet these standards:
1) The spouses share a genuine love and affection
2) The love and affection was alienated and destroyed
3) Malicious acts of a 3rd party produced the alienation of affection. Malicious is presumed if there’s proof of sexual intercourse.
Seems that first one may be difficult for Jeffords and Adkins to prove. Your wife was banging another dude, bro, did she really have “genuine love” for you?
Then again, $50,000 sounds like a sum Cox may be willing to pay to have this whole thing go away.