As high school football fans gear up for another exciting Friday night of sport and spirit, the Muscogee County School District reminds you to be cautious who you buy your favorite school’s merchandise from.
A police report obtained by News 3 confirms two men, 35-year-old Antonio Goodman and 53-year-old Dwyane Mitchell were arrested around 1 p.m. before the rivalry game between Spencer and Carver High Schools. Police say the two were posted up at the Chevron at the intersection of Victory and Benning Drives selling about $23,000 worth of T-shirts, CDs and other clothing with forged Spencer and
Carver trademark logos, as well as some Nike and Jordan brands as well.
The police report says officers believe the two men had been operating their tent sale for several weeks before the August 24 arrest. Officers charged both Mitchell and Goodman with operating without a business license and selling counterfeit goods with a forged trademark. Mitchell was also charged with possession of marijuana.
The Muscogee County School District says spirit wear is sold by each school to fund student sports and activities — meaning they’re the ones who really suffer from dishonest sales.
“The Carver-Spencer game raises a lot of money for their students through the spirit wear they sell that week to the alumni and the people who come in to buy tickets,” says MCSD Director of Athletics Jeff Battles. “So it’s just unfortunate that it happens and that they take that money from what could be for the students.”
Director Battles asks all football fans, if you plan to gear up before tonight’s games, support your favorite team by buying their spirit wear from trusted sources like the school’s booster club or directly at the event.