Former New York Giants Tight End Jeremy Shockey is currently under investigation in regards to his relationship with Owen Hanson, a former USC football player who has been accused of running an international drug and gambling ring. Shockey was questioned in Miami last week about his relationship with Hanson.
Hanson was charged on January 28th with running the operation, along with 21 other associates. According to the New York Post, law enforcement officials found a contact list that indicated Hanson had been associated with many professional athletes, Shockey being one of them.
In an interview with the Post, Shockey admitted to having a relationship with Hanson, but denied having any knowledge of Hanson’s illegal activities.
"I thought he was in the real-estate business like me," Shockey told the paper. "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.'"
Shockey said that he first met Hanson in Las Vegas, and had also met some of his associates who have also been charged. However, Shockey maintained that he had no knowledge of any wrongdoing by Hanson or any co-conspirators in the case.
"I've never had anything to do with drugs. And I would never do anything illegal to jeopardize what I've worked for."
Shockey told the Post that he and Hanson were friends, and that he used to let Hanson stay at his home in Miami when he was in the area.
"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.”
Shockey also acknowledged that Hanson had a lot of money and a lot of connections as well.
"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 was going on."
Shockey has not been charged with any crime or wrongdoing in this case.