Last month, former USC football and volleyball player Owen Hanson was charged in an insane international crime ring, and now the FBI has reportedly questioned one of Hanson’s long-time friends, former Giants and Saints tight end, Jeremy Shockey.
Hanson and his associates are being accused of running the operation “ODOG” which USA Today describes as “an enterprise that involved international and domestic drug trafficking, illegal sports gambling and international money laundering.”
After the arrest, police went to Shockey’s home in Miami to question him, but as Shockey told the New York Post, he told the officers he had no idea what his friend was up to and thought Hanson was just a normal, nice, party-going dude.
“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.”
Those quotes are the most Jeremy Shockey quotes of all-time. You could not make this stuff up.
As for Hanson, he and 21 others were charged on counts including racketeering, drug trafficking, and money laundering. In addition to Shockey, the connection to football in the case goes even deeper, as former NFL running back Derek Loville is alleged to be one of Hanson’s distributors.