It has been a very long day for Jared Fogle, the former face of Subway. Not only was his home the target of an FBI raid, he lost his endorsement deal with the restaurant chain.
This morning before sunrise, FBI agents and Indiana State Police personnel were seen at Fogle's home. Being the fact that it was early in the morning, authorities had not released any information about the sting, except that they were performing a criminal investigation in Zionsville, IN - which is where Fogle's home is located. Fogle was seen leaving an evidence truck during the first hours of the raid, which may have a connection to a child pornography ring. How may Fogle be involved? It has to do with his charity, The Jared Foundation.
Two months ago, Russell Taylor, the executive director of the foundation, was arrested and charged with possessing child pornography. As is the norm for these investigations, computers were taken from his home, and there appears to be at least one link to Fogle and/or his foundation.
When Taylor was arrested back in May, Fogle released a statement that he was "shocked" by the allegations against Taylor, and that the organization was "severing all ties" with the former executive.
A police and FBI presence has been seen at Fogle's home all day, and by about 2:30 pm this afternoon, there were more than 20 vehicles lining the street outside of his home. Fogle's attorney, Rob Elberger, stated in an email that "Jared has been cooperating, and continues to cooperate, with law enforcement in their investigation of unspecified charges and looks forward to its conclusion. He has not been detained, arrested or charged with any crime or offense." Fogle was last seen leaving his home with Elberger, after remaining in the home with agents and officers throughout the day.
In response to this investigation, Subway released a statement which said,
"We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee. We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don't have any more details at this point."
It was then announced early this evening that Subway and Fogle have agreed to suspend their relationship and Cindy Carraquilla, a senior manager of Subway's public relations team released this:
"Jared continues to cooperate with authorities and he expects no actions to be forthcoming. Both Jared and Subway agree that this was the appropriate step to take."