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Question of the Day
A registered sex offender has allegedly been pretending to be Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Vince Young in order to solicit fraudulent charitable donations and make sexual advances toward young women in the Washington area and elsewhere for at least five months, according to Mr. Young’s sports management agency and a series of emails obtained by the Washington Times.
Mr. Pittman was placed on probation for the sexual assault of a 23-year-old woman in Texas in 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Sex Offender Database.
EAG Sports Management CEO Denise White said that both her company - which represents Mr. Young - and the National Football League quarterback’s charitable foundation have been contacted since late May by “more than two dozen people” complaining about the impostor.
“This guy has studied Vince like the back of his hand,” Ms. White said. “He tells people to go to Vince’s website, gets them to donate to Vince’s foundation but write the check to him. He says he will give them a percentage [of money] in return.
“He also is going after women and having sex with them saying that he is Vince. He definitely hits the club circuit. He is big time into that, partying, getting these women there. Buying drinks and acting like he is a big baller.”
Prince George’s County Police spokesperson Henry Tippett said that no complaints have been filed against Mr. Pittman and that police are not investigating the impostor claims because no victims have come forward.
Prince George’s police said that they have spoken to NFL Security.
Denisse, a 27-year-old student from Alexandria, Va. who asked that her last name not be published, contacted Ms. White in July and claimed that she previously was contacted on Facebook by a man identifying himself as Mr. Young.
Denisse said she met the man at the Cadillac Ranch restaurant at National Harbor and that he discussed Mr. Young’s charitable foundation.
“He was a little out of shape, not that athletic,” she said. “But he was such a gentleman. Very nice. Funny. He wore good clothes that made him look like a celebrity. There were some guys in suits in the restaurant. He said they were his security guys.”
According to Denisse, the man subsequently offered to make her a “3 percent” owner of his charitable foundation and pay her $12,000 a month if she invested $5,000 with him – an amount that later dropped to $3,000.
“Then he told me not to worry if I didn’t have the $3,000,” she said. “Just give him $2,000.”
When Denisse told the man she had a pregnant friend who was being treated for lung cancer, the man asked to visit the friend in the hospital. Denisse said she drove the man to a Northern Virginia hospital, where he met and took pictures with the ill woman and her family.
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Patrick Hruby is an award-winning journalist who holds degrees from Georgetown and Northwestern. He also contributes to ESPN.com and The Atlantic Online, and his work has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing. Follow him on Twitter (@patrick_hruby) and contact him at PatrickHruby.net.
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