NYPost- Accused ringleader Owen Hanson, a former tight end at USC who played for then-coach Pete Carroll and won a national championship in 2004, was pals with a long list of gridiron stars, including retired Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey and his old USC teammate, 49ers running back Reggie Bush.
“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.’”
“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.”
“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.”
Poor Jeremy Shockey. Fucking guy is never going to get the benefit of the doubt. Doesn't matter how big of a cocksucker someone is, if they happen to know Jeremy Shockey then everyone just assumes that it has to be his fault. Can't a man just be a regular old degenerate these days without having to worry about an investigative line of questioning surrounding an illegal narcotics and gambling operation? I know that believing Jeremy Shockey is a risky proposition, but come on, does he honestly look like international drug ring type of guy? Hell no he doesn't. He looks like exactly what he said he is - a drunken Irishman. A dude that's quick to guzzle too many beers, wash 'em down with a little bit of whiskey, break a bottle over someone's head, and wake up with a black eye not remembering a single thing that happened. Drug and gambling rings require far too much coordination for someone like Jeremy Shockey. Sure, he's proven to be a little rough around the edges in the past, but that doesn't mean he's got the sharpest of mind. I want to live in a world where enigmatic former athletes can just sit around their houses shit-faced and sloppily make out with their girlfriends without having to cooperate with interrogations about every questionable character they may have a connection to.
I bet the New York Giants are somehow behind this. That franchise would stop at nothing to rub J-Shock's name through the dirt before he came to the Saints and actually contributed to a championship. Must be the fact that he was finally in a city that embraced the occasional over-consumption of alcohol. That's all Shockey needs. A buzz and a socially liberal environment. Let's not act like he's got the means or the incentive to be Miami's next Tony Montana. The only notable thing he did in that city was a catch a game winning touchdown pass...