UPDATE: Subway says it’s suspending its relationship with spokesman Jared Fogle amid the investigation, a Subway spokesman told The Daily Meal. The chain has also deactivated the link to the “Jared’s Journey” section on their official website. The section was devoted to Jared and his weight-loss journey, and included games and interviews.
FBI agents raided Subway spokesman Jared Fogle’s Indiana home Tuesday morning, according to WTHR.
This raid comes only months after the arrest of Russell Taylor, the former executive director of Fogle’s charity foundation, The Jared Foundation, on charges related to child pornography.
FBI spokeswoman Wendy Osborne confirmed that the agency was conducting a criminal investigation. She didn’t provide further comment or say if the search was connected to Fogle’s associate’s prior arrest, according to Fox News.
Agents were seen taking electronics, including a computer, from the home and carrying them to an evidence truck in the driveway. Fogle was also seen stepping into the evidence truck at one point, according to WTHR.
“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,” a Subway spokesman told The Daily Meal.
Fogle, 37, became Subway’s spokesman after an all-Subway diet helped him lose 235 pounds as a freshman at Indiana University. He’s appeared in more than 200 commercials for the sandwich juggernaut and is best known for holding up his old, now oversized pants. He’s helped promote Subway’s “healthy” image for over a decade.
Fogle hasn’t been charged or arrested, and is cooperating fully with the authorities, Fogle’s attorney, Ron Elberger, told the Indianapolis Star.