We’re just into a new high school sports season and there has already been a troubling imposter found among the scholastic ranks. According to the Associated Press, Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times, a 21-year-old man named Julious Threatts registered to play for the 13-14-year-old Town N’ Country Packers of the Tampa Bay Youth Football League on Aug. 21, and played in a game with the team the same day. Threatts, who had a past burglary conviction on his record, reportedly signed up for a spot on the team under the name “Chad Jordan” with a forged birth certificate. After further investigation, it now appears that Threatts — an avowed Danielle Steele fan who recorded poetry readings on a personal YouTube channel — also played in the TBYFL two years ago and another youth league in the Tampa area last year.
Make no mistake: This is not a Danny Almonte case of a forged birth certificate or a high school lineman holding a signing ceremony when he wasn’t recruited, this is a 21-year-old criminal taking athletic advantage of competing against 14-year-olds.
“Chad Jordan” might have gotten away with just playing football, but last week he tried to take his middle school imitation act to an actual middle school. Threatts attempted to enroll in Webb Middle School in Hillsborough (Fla.) last Tuesday, but his application was delayed because he lacked the proper paperwork proving his identity.
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