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Monday, November 12, 2007
Trainer who claims NFL ties pleads guilty in steroids case

Associated Press

DALLAS -- A personal trainer who says he has ties to Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons players said Monday he will plead guilty to federal charges of manufacturing and distributing steroids.

David Jacobs, of Plano, told Dallas-Fort Worth television station KTVT that he will plead guilty Tuesday in federal court in Sherman as part of a deal in which he will tell federal investigators about professional athletes who use steroids.

"Obviously that's one of the reasons I am here and pleading guilty," Jacobs told the station.

But he declined to discuss specifics about which players or teams might be involved.

"I'm not going to discuss the teams, the names, the details," Jacobs told the TV station.

A working phone number for Jacobs could not immediately be located. A phone message left by The Associated Press with his attorney was not immediately returned.

An indictment filed in May names Jacobs and three others and charges them with conspiring to possess and distribute anabolic steroids. Jacobs also faces a charge of unlawful user of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm.

On the Web site for a supplements store owned by Jacobs, he claims to have offered guidance to members of the Dallas Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons.

Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple did not immediately return a phone message left by the AP. Dalrymple told KTVT that Jacobs never worked for the Cowboys and the team had no knowledge of the charges he faces. The Falcons also told the station that he never worked for their team and they had never heard of him.

Two of the defendants, Matthew Williams and Amber Jarrell, have already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids.

Prosecutors are also seeking the forfeiture of two cars, about $25,000 in cash, computer equipment, four semiautomatic weapons, a rifle and a shotgun from the four defendants.