URBANA — University of Illinois football staff member and former NFL player Matt Sinclair was charged on Monday with two felonies after allegedly pointing an unloaded handgun at a vehicle carrying other staff members, authorities said.

Sinclair was arraigned on two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon, Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said. The 31-year-old Champaign resident was arrested on Saturday as he drove his truck home from Illinois' game at Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind.

Someone called police at about 4 p.m. Saturday to report a driver pointing a gun out of a truck on Interstate 74 in eastern Illinois.

After police arrested Sinclair a short time later in Urbana, "[Sinclair] told them it was a joke," Rietz said.

A phone listing for Sinclair, who played for Illinois from 2001-04, is disconnected and he does not yet have a lawyer.

Police said they also found a set of brass knuckles in the truck and a loaded magazine for the gun. Rietz said Sinclair also was charged with a misdemeanor related to the brass knuckles.

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