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Matt Sinclair, Illini football staffer, arrested after Saturday’s game

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Updated: November 25, 2013 8:39PM

Matt Sinclair, a former standout Illinois linebacker from 2001 to ’04 who’s in his first year as the Illini football program’s assistant director of player personnel and relations, faces multiple charges after being arrested during his drive home from the game Saturday at Purdue.

Authorities say 911 was called by a driver who was behind Sinclair’s vehicle on Interstate 74 and witnessed Sinclair pointing a handgun at another vehicle. Police believe that vehicle contained fellow Illinois staffers. Sinclair admitted pointing the gun out the window as a joke, according to the Champaign County state’s attorney’s office.

“We’re aware of the situation concerning staff member Matt Sinclair,” Illinois coach Tim Beckman said in an official statement. “He clearly had a lapse in judgment after returning to Champaign-Urbana on Saturday.

“He is in the early stages of the legal process. We’re still gathering all the information about the incident, and I don’t intend to comment further at this time.’’

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