Illinois football staff member charged

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Urbana -- Authorities say University of Illinois football staff member and former player Matt Sinclair has been 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.

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