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|12-18-2006, 04:00 PM||#1|
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NFL Criminal Investiagtion Of The Week From San Diego
I know that in terms of quantity nobody touches the Bengals in terms of criminal investigations, but if you add in style points nobody can leave the Chargers out of any discussion involving bizarre and potentially illegal conduct. Earlier this year we had the shipment of cough syrup to Texas and now this:
When Drug Enforcement Administration agents found that San Diego Chargers players were sending sums of money to China, they thought they had a steroid case on their hands. Instead, they ended up with what they thought was a counterfeit shoe case.
In a year that has been marked by NFL players finding all sorts of ways to get into trouble off the field, the strangest case of all is one that might not even lead to any arrests. According to law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation, the DEA recently forwarded a case involving Chargers players to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The DEA dropped its investigation after concluding that the money wasn't going for steroids but informed ICE that it believed the players were making the overseas payments for knockoff athletic shoes that could be portrayed as name-brand merchandise and sold for a profit in this country, the sources said.
ICE officials have been reviewing the case, and it's possible that the probe won't produce any criminal charges against players. Officials from both agencies declined to comment publicly.
The Chargers already have had one player, safety Terrence Kiel, arrested by DEA agents this season at the team's practice facility. They've had another player, linebacker Steve Foley, shot and wounded by an off-duty police officer in an incident in which Foley was charged with drunk driving. It has been a highly successful season on the field for the Chargers, who have a record of 11-2 and are regarded by many observers as the best team in the NFL, but a problem-filled year for their players away from it.
Kiel was arrested in September for shipping codeine-based cough syrup to Texas. Authorities said that such cough syrup sometimes is used to enhance other drugs. Kiel has pleaded not guilty.
His arrest came weeks after Foley was shot several times in the leg and hand by an off-duty Coronado, Calif., police officer. Foley is sitting out the season after being placed on the reserve-nonfootball injury list.
|12-18-2006, 05:22 PM||#2|
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