Former football star allowed to modify bond, continue playing college football
By KMOV Web Producer
(KMOV) – A former East St. Louis football star charged with armed robbery in 2009 will be allowed to leave the state while on bond to play football in Mississippi after a hearing in St. Clair county Wednesday.
Charles Tigue violated the terms of his bond by leaving Illinois without court permission to practice at Delta State University in Mississippi. However, today a judge in St. Clair County modified his bond allowing him to return and continue playing football.
Since being accused of robbing two men at gunpoint, Tigue has been allowed to violate his bond by travelling to sporting events including two football camps in Indianapolis and Ohio.
Last season, Tigue played football for the East St. Louis Flyers, resulting in the team vacating most of their wins for the season over his eligibility to play. Despite the controversy, Delta State University offered Tigue a scholarship, and he’s been practicing with the team since last week.
According to a Delta University release, coaching staff were unaware of the criminal charges Tigue faced when they recruited him. According to the judge, the football coach will have to report to the court every week until Tigue’s trial in January.
Tigue’s cousin, 19-year old Marnez Crawford, plead guilty in Oct. 2010 to the same armed robbery charges and is serving 15 years at Menard Correctional Center. Tigue’s trial isn’t scheduled to begin until January.
Due to the seriousness of the charges against Tigue, the state’s attorney tried to fight the bond modification Wednesday.