FBI agents visited former NFL tight end Jeremy Shockey at his Miami home last week to ask about his relationship with Owen Hanson, an accused ringleader of a multi-million dollar international drug and gambling operation called ODOG Enterprise.
Shockey said he was transparent with the FBI agents because he had no idea Hanson, who won a national championship as a tight end at USC in 2004, was involved in anything illegal.
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I thought he was in the real-estate business like me. 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 s -- t was going on.
Shockey also said involvement in a drug ring wouldn't fit his character.
Via the Post:
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.
Shockey's NFL career began with a bang, as the 14th-overall pick in the 2002 draft made four Pro Bowls in his first five seasons as a member of the New York Giants. He was best known for his tough style of play and the controversy he created with his attitude, but he fizzled out prematurely due to numerous injuries.
After 10 seasons in the league, Shockey accumulated 547 career receptions for 6,143 yards and 37 touchdowns. He was a member of two teams that won the Super Bowl -- the 2007 Giants and the 2009 New Orleans Saints.