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Chris Craig, ex-college basketball coach, ID'd as man threatening Catholics, Mormons

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Big photos, video below.
Update: Yesterday, we told you about bizarre threats made against Catholics and Mormons in Fort Collins, allegedly by a self-declared "Islamic jihadist" driving in a car with the words "Fuck DHS" scrawled on the side in spray paint; see our previous coverage below.

Since then, the story has only gotten stranger. The man in question is reportedly Chris Craig, a rising coaching star in Texas college basketball who suddenly resigned in March after declaring that the world was about to end. Photos, video and details below.

In early press coverage of Craig, including this profile from the Eagle, a student publication for the College of Eastern Utah, where he coached a few years back, he comes across as clean-cut and enthusiastic about hoops -- a vocation to which he'd dedicated much of his life.

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A College of Eastern Utah photo of Chris Craig, as reproduced in the Eagle.
"Chris Craig played Junior College ball at Arizona Western then went to the University of Texas El Paso," the article notes, by way of introduction. "His professional career included teams from Switzerland, Mexico, Ireland and Germany. He was also the player Coach for Ireland where he won their first ever National Cup Championship."

After coaching for three successful seasons at the College of Eastern Utah, Craig took over the program at Midland College in Texas. This past January, he earned his 100th victory at the junior college level.

The sky seemed the limit at that point. But then, in March, according to KOSA-TV, Craig abruptly resigned as Midland's coach after tweeting on his now-suspended account that he had gone to Jerusalem because the "end of the world" was looming. He also announced that the "new world order is coming," warned people to "get off coasts by Thursday at sundown" and revealed that "WW3 started when Israel bombed Iran" this past January.

Craig also posted thirty pages of hand-scrawled notes declaring President Barack Obama to be the anti-Christ and calling former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney a "false prophet," among many other things. Here's a screen capture of an example:

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He may still be posting material at this blogspot -- either that or someone hacked in to his former address yesterday to put up satirical letters featuring references to "YHVH," a Hebrew name for God that was also spotted on the white Honda coupe he was seen driving in Steamboat Springs last week.

Despite all this oddness, though, a Fort Collins police spokesman tells 7News there are no current plans to arrest Craig, since he has yet to commit something that qualifies as a crime. But church-goers in Fort Collins and beyond are warned to keep an eye out for a man who has gone through some mighty big changes over the past few months.

Here's the KOSA report about Craig's resignation, followed by our earlier post.

Continue for our previous coverage about threats against Catholics and Mormons in Fort Collins, including photos and video.



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thompson.ly
thompson.ly

This sounds like paranoid schitzophrenia or bipolar disorder. Untreated bipolar disorder can lead to delusions and psychosis. A good friend of mine who was otherwise a high achieving smart guy,  in the span of 3 days, had a manic breakdown that ended with him declaring that he believed he might be the Messiah and that there was a portal to Jerusalem somewhere in his apartment that he was determined to find. Most people who met him that fateful weekend asked if he was on something like meth or coke because that's how he looked and acted. He was hospitalized and later diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  A manic break can happen within a span of only a few days. I hope this guy's family are able to get a 5150 to have him hospitalized and treated.

thompson.ly
thompson.ly

This sounds like paranoid schitzophrenia or bipolar disorder. Untreated bipolar disorder can lead to delusions and psychosis. A good friend of mine who was otherwise a high achieving smart guy,  in the span of 3 days, had a manic breakdown that ended with him declaring that he believed he might be the Messiah and that there was a portal to Jerusalem somewhere in his apartment that he was determined to find, at which point his roommates called his parents and 911 (we were in college at the time). Most people who hung out with him that fateful weekend asked if he was on something like meth or coke because that's how he looked and acted. He was hospitalized and later diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  A manic break can happen within a span of only a few days. I hope this guy's family are able to get a 5150 to have him hospitalized and treated. I would reserve judgment on whether Chris Craig is really a "jihadist" until his mental state has been fully evaluated.

cindilouhooinva
cindilouhooinva

You know, something physical could explain such a radical change in such a short amount of time.  Hope this guy doesn't do anything any more stupid than he already has,

unpossible
unpossible

What's that you say? Nah! Of course it's purely coincidence that he goes nuts in Colorado during the exact same timeframe that pot becomes legal in Colorado...


davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

Chris Craig should have a MRI. These are classic signs of brain abnormalities.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Religion = Superstitious Nonsense for Ignorant Imbeciles


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Religion, which once controlled the masses with the threat of a big, invisible 'guy in the sky' that would kick anybody's ass if they stepped off of the arbitrary line, is now for the truly obsessed.  The current winners of the wackiest of whack jobs are the freaking brain dead muslims.  

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

This is why you don't mix salvia and shrooms.  

Cody Young
Cody Young

It clearly stated in the dudes hand written papers that Mitt Romney was the Anti-Christ, and Obama was the False Prophet. Did you guys even watch the shoddy news report that you posted before you wrote up the article?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 " a white Honda couple "

Stoned already, Michael?



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@davebarnes ... all religious nutbags should undergo mental health treatment.

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

I am confused.

Honda is a Japanese brand. So "a yellow Honda couple" would make sense. But "white Honda couple" is nonsensical as Japan would never let a white person be a full-fledged citizen. cf. Zainichi Koreans

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