Nov 4, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT
The Mount Pleasant (Mich.) high school football team finished with a 4-5 record this season but it appears that they will have to forfeit some of those victories because they used an illegal player with a bizarre back story.
A starting cornerback named Javier Jones claimed to be a transfer student from East Lansing, Michigan but actually ended up being a 21-year-old man named James Nash.
Under Michigan High School Athletic Association rules, a player has to be 19-years-old or younger to be eligible to play and Nash forged many documents to join the football team and enroll at the school:
“There are some official documents that have been altered, so now it’s a police matter. He went under an alias, his age was doctored and we weren’t aware of altered documents,” Mount Pleasant athletic director Jim Conway said.
“The MHSAA did indicate that it is unprecedented that a young person has changed their age from older to younger to be able to play. They had not run into this,” Conway told the Morning Sun newspaper.
Nash was able to fool many students and even head football coach Jason McIntyre who didn’t even suspect that Jones wasn’t who he said he was:
“Did he look older than he was? He looked like any other athletic senior,” McIntyre told The Associated Press. “I don’t think he had any interceptions. He was not a dominant player.”
Since being revealed, Nash has been expelled from the school and there hasn’t been any real explanation why he decided to pose as a high school student.
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