For fans of the Tampa Bay Youth Football League, it might have seemed as if the Town N’ Country Packers had a little bit of an edge over the rest of the teams in the league of 13- and 14-year olds. Well that just depends on how much of an advantage can be provided by having a 21-year old on the team. Julious Threatts pretended to be 14-year old Chad Jordan while playing for the Packers, and was exposed when he tried to enroll as a student at Hillsborough County Middle School. What an amateur. Clearly the best way to spend time at a middle school is by renting a windowless van.
Most remarkable about this discovery is the painstaking detective work that was done to uncover Threatt’s web of lies. While waiting for someone from the Department of Child and Families to handle this situation, school officials allowed Threatt to have a snack in the cafeteria, when the principal passed by, saw Threatt and immediately recognized that there was no way in hell he was 14. Then he realized the cook was actually Tupac, but by that point it was too late and he was gone.
Please don’t tell me there was any dating involved, Tampa Bay Online:
When it was brought to McCloud’s attention that Threatts was an impostor who played for an opposing youth football coach the previous year, [Packers athletic director Ray] McCloud called a meeting with Threatts.
“I brought him into this room with seven of our board members and coaches and said, ‘Come on now, tell us the truth, who are you?’ ” McCloud said. “He looked me right in the eye and said, ‘I swear I am who I say I am. I’m Chad Jordan.’
“This guy had us all fooled. I mean this guy acted just like a little kid. Everything about him was a little kid. … He’s a total scam artist.”
Athletic director and board members? This youth league is better organized than the Arena Football League. Well, except for that whole not being able to tell a 21-year old from a 14-year old. Threatts is listed as 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, which not only makes me feel fat, but it’s also rather above average for a 14-year old. According to various web sources, the average 14-year old is 5-foot-1 and weighs 110 pounds. Obviously Threatts should have been considerably more talented than his teammates, which explains why Lane Kiffin had been attending Packers games.