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Jeremy Shockey: Ex-NFL star interviewed by FBI in drug and gambling probe “Details”
- Updated: February 9, 2016
Jeremy Shockey, former Saints and Giants TE, was questioned during the week leading up to SB 50. No charges have been filed.
Owen Hanson, a former USC tight end who played under Pete Carroll and was on the Trojans’ 2004 national championship team, was charged with 21 others on Jan. 28 for running a multi-million operation stretching from Los Angeles to Brooklyn to Australia.
Hanson was friends with many pro athletes, including Shockey, who played at Miami.
Federal agents visited Shockey, 35, last week at his Miami home and asked about their friendship. The two traveled to Costa Rica in 2010 and flew back and forth from Miami to Los Angeles. Shockey said he was unaware Hanson was selling drugs or was a bookmaker.
“I thought he was in the real-estate business like me,” Shockey told The Post. “I’m a straight businessman. I don’t hang out with drug dealers or prostitutes. I’m here with my girlfriend making out, and I get a knock on my door from these agents. I said to them, ‘Come on in. I got nothing to hide.’
“We met when I passed out at a pool party in Vegas – from dehydration. He came to Miami all the time. I treated him like a friend. I let him stay at my house. He loved to surf. We’d go to the gym together. We went to the same parties together.
“I thought he was a very smart, nice guy. He was single. He was so cool. He was on the phone all the time. He knew everybody – DJs, celebrities. Pete Carroll knows him. Reggie Bush knows him; they were teammates at USC. This guy had money. He had cash on him all the time. But I thought it was from his business. No one knew any of this (stuff) was going on.”
He added: “I’m a drunk – I’m Irish. I’ve never had anything to do with drugs. And I would never do anything illegal to jeopardize what I’ve worked for.”
The agents had a photograph of Shockey with Giovanni “Tank” Brandolino, one of the accused leaders of the ring who was arrested in Brooklyn.
The indictment says that Brandolino sent five grams of cocaine and 15 capsules of ecstasy from Orange, Calif., to a “pro-football player located in Nashville, Tenn.,” on Nov. 17, 2014 – when the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Titans there. The player was not identified.
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