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Dems Urge Secret Service to Cough Up Details of Pence’s Football Trip

Vice President Mike Pence.

Vice President Mike Pence.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Calling Vice President Mike Pence’s early departure from an NFL game on Sunday a political stunt, two top Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee are urging the Secret Service to disclose the cost of the trip in Indianapolis.

The letter to Secret Service Director Randolph Alles on Wednesday accused Pence of billing taxpayers for a political stunt.

“The costs associated with the Vice President traveling to Indianapolis and attending a large, public event are immense, and we are deeply concerned that the Trump Administration finds it appropriate to expend taxpayer resources to play political games,” reads the letter by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman.

The letter also asks whether any of the agents who were present lost their eligibility for overtime because of statutory pay limits.

The Hill wrote:

Pence flew from Las Vegas to Indianapolis, where he attended a matchup between the Colts and the San Francisco 49ers. Reporters traveling with the vice president were told by a staffer to wait in their vans outside the stadium because of the possibility of “an early departure from the game.”

Pence soon left, after some players knelt in protest during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” President Trump later tweeted that he had told the vice president to leave if any players took a knee.

FBI Nets 10 Arrests in Ongoing Investigation of College Basketball Corruption

Basketball jump - dark silhouettesBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI led one of the largest investigations into corruption in college basketball, arresting four NCAA basketball coaches, a top Adidas executive and five others.

The arrests are part of a two-year investigation into bribery schemes in which star athletes are recruited and then pointed to particular schools, financial advisers, agents and shoe sponsors, the New York Post reports. 

And the probe is far from over.

“We have your playbook,” New York FBI Assistant Director in Charge William Sweeney said during a Manhattan news conference. “Our investigation is ongoing, and we are conducting additional interviews as we speak.”

The investigation involved undercover FBI agents who exposed what acting Manhattan U.S. attorney Joon Kim called the “dark underbelly of college basketball.”

“The picture of college basketball painted by the charges is not a pretty one,” said Kim, adding that the defendants were “circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes” and exploited them to enrich themselves.

Former Football Star Charles Tillman Training to Become FBI Agent

Former football star Charles Tillman

Former football star Charles Tillman

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Bears cornerback Charles Tillman wants to become an FBI agents and recently began training to join the bureau, the Chicago Tribune reports

Tillman, 36, retired from football last year after being a member of the 15-1 Panthers team that made it to the Super Bowl in 2015.

FBI guidelines require prospective candidates to be between the ages of 23 and 37. Tillman turns 37 on Feb. 23.

Before the Bears drafted the cornerback in 2003, Tillman received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

FBI Investigated Claims That Bob Knight Sexually Assaulted 4 Women

Bob Knight, via Wikipedia.

Bob Knight, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Four women who worked at a U.S. spy agency are claiming Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight sexually assaulted them before and after a 2015 speech he delivered to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Springfield. Va.

The Washington Post, citing investigative documents and interviews with spy agency employees, wrote that the women “accused Knight of a range of boorish behavior: from touching them on the shoulder while commenting on the attractiveness of their legs, to hugging them too tightly around the chest, to hitting them on the buttocks, according to documents compiled by investigators and Washington Post interviews with three of the women.” 

Inviting the retired coach to deliver a speech on leadership was an unusual choice, given his often boorish behavior and history of making demeaning comments about women.

The Post wrote:

The women accused Knight of a range of boorish behavior: from touching them on the shoulder while commenting on the attractiveness of their legs, to hugging them too tightly around the chest, to hitting them on the buttocks, according to documents compiled by investigators and Washington Post interviews with three of the women.

The FBI led an investigation to determine the veracity of the allegations, but after about a year and denials from Knight, the case was concluded with no charges by federal prosecutors in Virginia.

Knight’s attorney said the allegations were untrue.

“There is absolutely no credible evidence to support this in our opinion, these allegations,” said James Voyles, an Indianapolis lawyer who represents Knight. The FBI agents, he added, “reported to their superiors that there was no basis for any further action, period.”

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19-Year-Old Sports Memorabilia Collector Led FBI to Stolen Tom Brady Jerseys

The FBI returns Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jerseys to Gillette Stadium. Photo via FBI.

The FBI returns Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jerseys to Gillette Stadium. Photo via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 19-year-old sports memorabilia collector and avid Patriots fan provided FBI with the tip that led investigators to the person who stole Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jerseys.

Dylan Wagner said he sold an unrelated jersey on eBay to Martin Mauricio Ortega, who showed off his impressive collection, CBS Boston reports

“He sent me 30 photos of his collection. Front and center was Tom Brady’s Super Bowl 49 Jersey. I asked him outright, ‘How did you get that?’ and he says ‘I’ll tell you later,’” Wagner explained.

Dylan shared the photos with a friend, who happened to be an ATF special agent in Boston.

Special Agent Christopher Arone later heard about Brady’s missing game jersey after this year’s Super Bowl.

“He sent me a link to an ESPN article. It stated it is not the first time a jersey was stolen from Brady and it happened after the Seahawks Super Bowl,” Wagner recalled. “I couldn’t believe this guy would have the audacity to go in and steal something that someone worked so hard for.”

Ortega was spotted leaving the Patriots’ locker room with something tucked under his arm.

The FBI and police in Mexico were able to recover both Super Bowl jerseys and return them to the Patriots.

“I would love to meet Brady one day, hopefully. It would be a dream come true. I’m just really glad he gets his jerseys back,” Wagner said.

FBI Returns Tom Brady’s Stolen Super Bowl Jerseys

Tom Brady, via Wikipedia

Tom Brady, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jerseys have been returned to the New England Patriots after the FBI helped recover the items from another country.

The Patriots quarterback was wearing one of the jerseys while leading the team to a comeback victory against the Atlanta Falcons during the Feb. 5 Super Bowl. The other stolen jersey was worn by Brady when the team won the 49th Super Bowl two years ago, NBC News reports.

“We know how much this means to the Patriots and football fans everywhere, and we are honored to be able to bring these jerseys back” to Foxborough, Massachusetts, where the Patriots call home, the FBI said in a statement.

The jerseys were found “in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media,” the National Football League said Monday.

The FBI joined the case because Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said “you don’t come to Texas and embarrass us on our home turf.”

No charges have been filed yet, and the identify of the suspect remains a secret.

“It is another example of the importance of teamwork and what can be accomplished when everyone works together,” team owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. “We appreciate the effort of everyone involved and look forward to returning these jerseys to Tom when he gets back to New England.

FBI Helps Find Tom Brady’s Stolen Jersey from Super Bowl LI

Tom Brady, via Wikipedia

Tom Brady, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has helped locate the jersey that Tom Grady was wearing during the Super Bowl LI, FOX Sports reports

The jersey, which is valued at $500,000, was in Brady’s bag in the locker room after the game. The NFL believed someone posing as a member of the international press stole the jersey.

The jersey was discovered on “foreign soil.”

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Justice Department Investigates State-Sponsored Doping by Russian Athletes

800px-Olympic_flag.svgBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is investigating allegations of state-sponsored doping by dozens of Russia’s top athletes, the New York Times reports. 

Prosecutors are investigating Russian government officials, athletes and coaches for possible fraud and conspiracy charges.

In November, the World Anti-Doping Agency published a report that accused Russia of systematic state-sponsored doping.

A chemist, Grigory Rodchenkov, said he was Russian athletes used banned, performance-enhancing substance in global competitions.

The Russian Sports Ministry admitted in a state last week that there were doping problems.