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Illinois football staffer charged with two felonies


Illinois football staffer Matt Sinclair was charged on Monday with two felonies for allegedly pointing an empty handgun at a vehicle carrying other staff members.

Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz says Sinclair was arraigned Monday on two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon. He was arrested Saturday after Illinois’ game at Purdue.

Rietz says someone called police to report a driver pointing a gun out of a truck on Interstate 74 in eastern Illinois. Police say Sinclair said he pointed the gun as a joke.

Sinclair is the Illini’s assistant director of player personnel and relations. He played at Illinois from 2001-2004.

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13 Responses to “Illinois football staffer charged with two felonies”
  1. tuckfexas says: Nov 25, 2013 9:03 PM


  2. normtide says: Nov 25, 2013 10:02 PM

    Only in the B1G.

  3. halbert53 says: Nov 25, 2013 10:13 PM

    You know, in light of all the legal troubles athletes get into, I think CFT should pick an “All-CON” team. Sounds like this person would be a great pick on an All-CON football coaching staff.

  4. zygiwilfsmenorah says: Nov 25, 2013 11:21 PM

    perfect halbert53: then those Cornhusker fans will have something to cheer!

  5. BrownsTown says: Nov 26, 2013 12:23 AM


    Correct… only in the B1G. For you see, if this were the SEC, the asst coach would be too busy handing out impermissible benefits to players and recruits to have the time to be out playing with his guns. Idle hands are the devil’s playground

  6. normtide says: Nov 26, 2013 12:27 AM

    Apparently, so is a Cleveland basement.

  7. henryjones20 says: Nov 26, 2013 12:38 AM

    damn thug punk!! scum! oh…wait nevermind, he musta been mad or something. lol hahaha

  8. drubyy1993 says: Nov 26, 2013 2:18 AM

    Atleast players in the B1G aren’t rapists

  9. mrtreyseven says: Nov 26, 2013 7:09 AM

    2 your knowledge they aren’t rapists….everybody has skeletons in their closet, what woul your closet reveal about u….we will never know because your not in the natinal eye….it would be amazing to see what rumors circulated about you

  10. handsofsweed says: Nov 26, 2013 7:25 AM

    Urban Meyer illegally sold him the gun, right?

  11. jrs45 says: Nov 26, 2013 9:05 AM

    The South will DIE again!

  12. mogogo1 says: Nov 26, 2013 1:56 PM

    Wow, this guy’s a bright one. (And keep in mind that since he last played in 2004, he must be pushing 30 now.) He points a gun out of a moving vehicle on a highway as a joke? Because even if his co-workers thought that was funny, the other drivers on the road would also find that sort of thing to be a riot and wouldn’t call the cops or anything?

  13. normtide says: Nov 26, 2013 2:09 PM

    Drubby- I noticed you said players from the B1G. Can’t say that about your coaches.

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