PFT: Ex-NFL player Cedrick Wilson indicted for test-taking fraud

1 11 2012

I recall Cedrick Wilson’s tenure in the NFL playing for the Niners and Steelers. I remember it because he became somewhat of a running gag with myself and my roommates. He was always an interesting player to watch, as he had a knack for putting up pretty decent numbers until doing something stupid. He’d do stuff like catch three or four passes and make you think, “Cedrick’s having a pretty good game,” but then muff a punt and give the ball away, or get a penalty that would kill a drive.

As it turns out, Cedrick Wilson is every bit the moron I imagined him to be. Not only did he think that he’d have a shot at a teaching career after (allegedly) beating up his girlfriend and having his NFL career cut short as a result, but figured he could get away with paying someone to take his teaching certification test for him.

When I hear of stories like this, I can’t help but wonder when Cedrick’s problems really began. If I were to guess, he probably got away with a lot both in high school and in college. I’m sure he’s had sycophants and handlers all his life that have made sure that he’s made the grades, stayed out of trouble, and made sure that the regular rules don’t apply to him. Well, eventually life catches up with you and the real world sets in. And that’s all the more reason to teach our students that character is important, and they need learn how to be self-reliant and capable adults.

– dEV

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Ex-NFL player Cedrick Wilson indicted for test-taking fraud

Posted by Michael David Smith on October 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

Former 49ers and Steelers receiver Cedrick Wilson has been indicted on fraud charges for paying someone to take a teacher-certification test for him.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that Wilson wanted to become a high school teacher and coach in Memphis, but according to prosecutors, Wilson didn’t take the standardized test that teachers are required to take in Tennessee. Instead, Wilson hired someone to take the test for him.

Wilson has been charged with wire fraud and Social Security fraud. Prosecutors say Wilson gave the test-taker his Social Security number as part of the plan for the test-taker to pose as Wilson.

The person hired by Wilson to take the test was part of a large standardized test cheating ring. Four people have already pleaded guilty to involvement in the cheating ring, and Wilson is one of 14 others who have been indicted.

A sixth-round draft pick out of Tennessee in 2001, Wilson played for the 49ers for four years and then signed with the Steelers in 2005 and played three years in Pittsburgh. In his best season, 2004, Wilson had 47 catches for 641 yards and three touchdowns.

The Steelers cut Wilson in March of 2008, just hours after he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend in a Pittsburgh restaurant.

(Original Story)




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