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