A North Carolina man has filed a lawsuit against Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, whom he says seduced his wife.
The Charlotte Observer reports that Joshua Jeffords, of Huntersville, filed a lawsuit against Cox in Mecklenburg County Civil Court on Nov. 22. Cox, 26, is being sued for alienation of affection. He has yet to respond to the lawsuit.
Jeffords said in the filing that he learned in September of text and Snapchat messages between his wife and Cox, including explicit photos and discussions of having children together. He says his wife met Cox during a work trip to Pennsylvania in April and she and Cox had sexual intercourse during her visit to Philadelphia, the suit claims.
After she returned home to North Carolina, she and Cox allegedly continued the affair over text messages.
Jeffords says that he confronted his wife about the alleged affair, also asking her to stop following Cox on Instagram. Instead, the suit claims she blocked her husband on Instagram and continued following and carrying on the affair with Cox. Then in October, Jeffords claims, his wife packed her bags and moved to the Philadelphia area.
Adultery is not grounds for divorce in North Carolina, but under state law, a spouse can sue their spouse’s lover in the event of an affair, hence Jeffords’s lawsuit.
Jeffords says he sought mental health treatment for “substantial emotional distress.” He is seeking at least $50,000 in damages.