Trainer who claims ties to NFL players pleads guilty
SHERMAN, Texas -- A personal trainer who claims ties to professional football players in Dallas and Atlanta pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to distribute thousands of units of anabolic steroids.
David Jacobs, of Plano, entered the plea as part of a deal with prosecutors that remained under seal. Jacobs told Dallas-Fort Worth television station KTVT late Monday that as part of the deal he would tell federal investigators about professional athletes who use steroids.
But no names came up during the brief hearing, and afterw ard Jacobs was asked whether he was involved with any Cowboys.
"I can't disclose any of those names," said Jacobs, adding that he has been instructed "not to make any more statements." Prosecutors also declined to comment on the case Tuesday.
On the Web site for a supplements store owned by Jacobs, he claims to have offered guidance to members of the Cowboys and Falcons. Officials with both teams have said Jacobs never worked for them.
As part of the deal, Jacobs agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiring to possess and distribute anabolic steroids. In exchange, other charges against him would be dropped at sentencing. A sentencing date hasn't been set.
During the hearing, the judge asked whether Jacobs agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to distribute more than 40,000 units of anabolic steroids and several thousand units of human growth hormone. Jacobs said yes.
An indictment filed in May charges Jacobs and three others with conspiring to possess and distribute anabolic steroids. Jacobs also had faced a charge of unlawful use of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm.
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.
Jacobs was released on bond Tuesday and left with his lawyer.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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