Texas is considering filing suit against 'impostor'

January 01, 1996|By DALLAS MORNING NEWS

NEW ORLEANS -- As law enforcement officers looked for Ron Weaver yesterday, his family offered insights into why the 30-year-old impostor assumed another man's name to earn a spot on the Texas football team.

Weaver, who played in 12 games for the Longhorns under the name Ron McKelvey, left the team's hotel Saturday after reports surfaced that he was a fake. Texas officials have supplied the FBI with information, including what they say is a fraudulent Social Security number.

Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said the school is considering filing suit against Weaver for taking state funds, in the form of a scholarship, through fraudulent means. Dodds also said Texas officials will give all their information to the NCAA tomorrow.

"We're going to look at every possibility of what we can and should do with our attorneys," Dodds said. "Taking state funds under an assumed name, it seems to me, will be a problem for him."

Dodds said he was confident that the NCAA would absolve the university of wrongdoing.

"I don't see it as an issue at Texas," Dodds said. "The only way there would be an issue is if we aided him or knew about it. I've been through that with my people, and I'm very confident nobody knew."

Bonita Money, Weaver's stepsister, said she spoke with Weaver yesterday. Although Money did not divulge where Weaver was, she said he eventually would return either to her home in Los Angeles or his hometown of Salinas, Calif.

"He feels badly about the whole situation," said Money, who was with Weaver at the team's headquarters at the New Orleans Hilton. "He wanted to apologize to the players and the coaches. He understands the severity of the situation, but he wants people to know the reason he did it was for his love of football. He had no malice. He was not writing a book."

Early reports indicated that Weaver, who played for two seasons at Pierce Junior College and one at Texas under the name Joel Ron McKelvey, was going to write a book about his experiences.

"He is not a con artist," said Money, whom Weaver lived with for two years while going to Pierce Junior College.

"He used somebody else's name, which is fraudulent, but he is a football player."

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