BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com) — A former NFL player and a Rialto high school basketball coach has been acquitted after having faced several child-sex charges involving his former stepdaughters.
Floyd Eddings Jr., 56, was facing the possibility of life in prison after being accused of seven felony counts of sex involving the two girls.
Eddings spoke with CBS2’s Brittney Hopper, and says the ordeal, which he believes was a setup, has shaken his life.
“It’s just been a horrific experience,” Eddings said. “For the last two years, my life has been turned upside-down, and it’s been an emotional roller coaster. It ruined my life.”
The first accusation against Eddings came in 2004. The other came in 2012.
Eddings says he believes the accusations materialized as the result of a bitter divorce between himself and the girls’ mother.
As of Aug. 7, however, Eddings was found not guilty on all charges by a jury.
Eddings’ attorney, Stephan Kahn, describes the trial as a difficult one.
“There was just the testimony of these two girls, and they could not corroborate it, they could not support it and it lacked credibility,” Kahn said.
The accusations cost the former NFL player his job as coach, continued to have a negative effect, preventing him from finding further employment, according to Eddings.
Additionally, Eddings has had to wear an ankle bracelet for 18 months.
Now, he looks forward to putting the entire ordeal behind him.
“I’m glad this is over, and I wish the best for all involved,” Eddings said. “Even though a few people meant me hard, I wish the best for them as well.”
Eddings hopes to take up coaching once again.