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Readers react: Man posed as teen to play on Tampa youth football team



threatts.jpgSomething wasn't right about Chad Jordan.

He was perfectly nice at youth football practice, his coach said. He never made any trouble. But  "there just was a lot of stuff that wasn't adding up, you know?" said Ray McCloud, coach of the Town 'N' Country Packers.

McCloud's instincts were right. Julious Javone Threatts is 21 years old. He's now behind bars without bail after Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies said he used the alias Chad Jordan to pose as a 14-year-old boy, join the Tampa Bay Youth Football League and try to register at a Tampa middle school.'s story is quickly becoming one of our most popular today. Our readers are sharing their comments and theories on Threatts' motives.

"At least he was looking for positive involvement." ~ Sidney

"I think it is truly a sad story. For a guy his age to go through all that just to play football is astonishing. If he has lived a sheltered life there's a chance that's all he wanted and it was all just innocent." ~ Lissaa Wallace on's Facebook page

"Though I don't agree with what he did, he seemed to be not a bad person." ~ YumYum

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