Report: HS athlete faked name, is actually 21
NOV 05, 2012 10:29a ET
In fact, he's old enough to buy beer, according to a published report.
The Morning Sun in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., reported that when James Nash moved to Mt. Pleasant from Lansing, Mich., he enrolled at Mt. Pleasant High School during the first week of the 2012-13 school year under the alias of Javier Jones. And for the first two months of the school year, nobody discovered his secret identity. He played four games for the Mt. Pleasant varsity football team and planned to play basketball this winter.
Nash, however, won't be playing anything anymore at Mt. Pleasant.
The Morning Sun reported that Nash has been kicked out of school under allegations that he's a 21-year-old man and not eligible to compete at the high school level.
“I received an anonymous tip from a parent, it was an adult that had a conscience, that said you better check this,” Mt. Pleasant High School athletic director Jim Conway told The Morning Sun on Friday. “So earlier this week we dug up his file, the police became involved (and) all the school officials, and found documents had been altered and forged.
"There was a couple days of investigation, looking into that, and what we have found is this individual is not the individual that was on the transcript. What we found is he exceeds (the age requirement). You can’t be 19 prior to September 1 to be eligible. He was older than 19 on September 1. The student has been removed from Mt. Pleasant Public Schools.”
Conway told the newspaper that he's contacted the Michigan High School Athletic Association about this issue and is awaiting word back.
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