Joe Montana Questioned, Cleared by FBI in Corruption Case: Report

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Wednesday, 07 May 2014 02:49 PM

By Jonna Lorenz

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The FBI questioned NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana in a federal corruption probe but found no wrongdoing, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Citing an anonymous source, the Chronicle reported an undercover FBI agent questioned Montana about an unspecified business proposition during the investigation of suspended California State Sen. Leland Yee and about two dozen others.

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"Nobody has said he did anything wrong," the unnamed source said of Montana.

The case also involves Yee’s political fundraiser Keith Jackson and crime figure Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow. Accusations against the two include bribery, political corruption, illegal gun trafficking and money laundering.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer is expected to issue a protective order barring attorneys from disclosing certain evidence, such as wiretaps and recordings.

"It's important that people who are innocently involved are not subjected to undue speculation," Breyer said, according to the report.

Sources told the Chronicle that James Brosnahan, an attorney on the defense team, said Montana was among those the government sought to protect.

Brosnahan and others are keeping quiet about the matter.

"I have nothing to say affirmatively or negatively," Brosnahan said.

FBI spokesman Peter Lee wouldn’t confirm or deny interacting with Montana in the probe.

Montana’s attorney, Rob Mezzetti, told the Chronicle, “If the FBI was reaching out to Joe, I would know about it — and nobody has reached out to him."

Montana has been involved in development deals since he retired from football in 1994. He played for the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, winning four Super Bowls and being named Super Bowl MVP three times.

Montana’s development deals include a luxury hotel next to the 49ers' new Santa Clara stadium and a $300 million transit village next to the South Hayward BART Station, the Chronicle reported.

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