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U Of I Football Staffer Faces Gun Charges

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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' 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.
 
A phone listing for Sinclair is disconnected and he does not yet have a lawyer.
 
Sinclair is Illinois' assistant director of player personnel and relations. He played at Illinois from 2001-2004.
 
An athletic department spokesman declined comment.

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