• Illinois football staff member charged

    by  • November 25, 2013 • News

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say University of Illinois football staff member and former player Matt Sinclair has been

    Matt Sinclair

    Matt Sinclair

    charged after allegedly pointing an unloaded 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 played Purdue.

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

    A phone listed for Sinclair is disconnected. He does not have a lawyer.

    Illinois football coach Tim Beckman said Sinclair had a “lapse in judgment.”

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