JACKSONVILLE, FL (AP) -- Three members of the Jacksonville Jaguars and a former teammate have been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the alleged drug dealings of a city businessman, a newspaper reported Thursday.
Defensive tackle Marcus Stroud and cornerback Kiwaukee Thomas told The Florida Times-Union that they were customers at Don Brown Jr.'s Downtown Sounds, a Jacksonville auto accessories shop that sold expensive wheel rims and audio and visual equipment.
The newspaper reported that defensive lineman John Henderson, who was detained at the business by federal agents in June and later released, and former Jaguars running back Stacey Mack, now with the Houston Texans, will also testify Thursday before the grand jury.
Brown, 32, is accused of using the business as a front for sales of cocaine and marijuana since 1997. Brown, his father, and two other men were charged in a sting with trying to buy 10 kilograms of cocaine from police. Brown, a three-time convicted drug dealer, is facing life in prison if convicted. Brown's attorney, Wade Rolle, said his client is innocent.
Jaguars spokesman Dan Edwards said owner Wayne Weaver and coach Jack Del Rio were aware of the subpoenas but would not comment. Tony Wyllie, a Texans spokesman, said the team was aware of the subpoena but also declined comment.
First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Klindt declined comment on the case. Thomas and Stroud said they received the subpoenas but did not know of any illegal activity at the business. They said they bought rims and other accessories at Brown's business and have promised to cooperate with investigators.
"They're probably just trying to see where all his money came from ... just trying to see how much stuff you bought from him," said Thomas, 26, who who has been with the team since 2000. "You just go in there and tell the truth and everything will be alrightall right."
Stroud said he visited the business at least twice but doesn't recall the dates.
"I don't want this story to be turned into you trying to make us seem like we had something to do with the guy getting arrested," said Stroud, 25, a 2001 first-round draft pick.
"He did good work. He did all the cars I've had since I've been here," Stroud said.
Henderson, 24, and several other men were arrested at gunpoint in a June sting in Brown's parking lot by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. He was questioned and released without charges after DEA agents found insufficient evidence to link him to the drug probe.
Henderson previously told the newspaper that he knew of no such connection to the business and was there only to buy wheel rims. Henderson and Mack could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Rolle said the business was popular with NFL players and others because of Brown's reputation for the unique items he sold, which often cost thousands of dollars.