Flyers considered flight risks wear these.
The undefeated East St. Louis Flyers, ranked No. 1
in metro St. Louis football teams, will have to forfeit five wins this season and ten of its 2009 victories after a star player was found to have violated residency requirements in order to play for the school.
According to the Illinois High School Association
, junior defensive lineman Charles Tigue
, 17, enrolled in East St. Louis as a resident of the city, even though he continues to live in neighboring Belleville with his parents.
How did state investigators uncover the ruse? Because Tigue is wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet stemming from armed robbery charges filed against him last year.
Tigue has pleaded not guilty.
Meanwhile, the head coach of the Flyers -- who happens to be Tigue's uncle -- says he had no idea where the boy lived.
my nephew by marriage," explains Darren Sunkett, to the Belleville News-Democrat
. "Me and the father still
communicate because he comes here and coaches. But we mind our own
business. He does what he does. I do what I do."
In related news, the father of another player on the team says that Sunkett's coaching staff promised his son a car and clothing to play for the Flyers. Sunkett denies the allegations.