Skip to comments.FBI Reportedly Eyed Joe Montana, Then Dropped Probe
Posted on 05/05/2014 5:59:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway
The FBI sting operation that snared state Sen. Leland Yee and Chinatown tong leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow was snooping around an even bigger Bay Area name - 49ers football legend Joe Montana - but came up empty, according to informed sources.
Montana, the Hall of Fame quarterback who has dabbled in development deals since retiring from football after the 1994 season, was contacted by an undercover FBI operative about an unspecified business proposition during the Yee-Chow investigation, according to one source familiar with the case.
"Nobody has said he did anything wrong," said the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.
Fear that Montana's name would bubble up as part of the FBI's corruption probe is among the reasons U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer plans to issue a protective order barring prosecutors and defense attorneys involved in the corruption case from disclosing certain evidence to the public, including wiretaps and recordings, according to sources.
"It's important that people who are innocently involved are not subjected to undue speculation," Breyer said in open court April 17.
"I have nothing to say affirmatively or negatively" about that, Brosnahan said when we contacted him about Montana.
Just why the FBI would take an interest in a retired football great as part of a probe that netted Yee on public-corruption charges and Chow for alleged money laundering is an open question. The FBI itself isn't saying.
"I wouldn't be able to confirm or deny that interaction," said FBI spokesman Peter Lee.
Montana's longtime attorney, Rob Mezzetti, said it was all news to him.
"If the FBI was reaching out to Joe, I would know about it - and nobody has reached out to him," Mezzetti said.
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“Even in California there are few major Asian politicians. And here, we have to bust one of the prominent ones —looks bad. As MultiCulti offset we need to add to the bust mix some uber-Honky, preferably one who is blonde.”
Some of these fishing expeditions are so tainted that they seriously destroy trust in the government, and provide nothing to tarnish the reputation of the accused.
Honestly, the mentality of the accusers here is seriously tarnished by the mere contemplation of an investigation like this.
This is seriously demented crap.
Oh, wait, he's white. Never mind.
Can you say Benghazi?
In my case, it’s true.
I call it, the "Save your ass and get short yardage to pad the stats!" offense.
Nothing against Montana, but IMO he is not the greatest QB of all time.
Sounds like someone leaked raw FBI field reports.
I seem to recall this happening once before.
Where was Steve Young during all this?
Well, I did see “the catch” live on TV back in 1981.
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