Jared Fogle and Subway will no longer be synonymous -- at least for now. The sandwich giant decided to cut ties with its spokesman after 15 years following a search by federal and state agents of Fogle's Zionsville, Indiana, home Tuesday morning as part of a child pornography investigation involving a former employee of his foundation.
"Subway and Jared Fogle have mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation. 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," a statement issued by Subway said, according to WTHR-TV, Indiana.
Earlier in the day, Subway said it was unsure of the status of the relationship: "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."
Subway & Jared Fogle have agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation. Jared is cooperating with authorities.
— SUBWAY® (@SUBWAY) July 7, 2015
So what could come between Fogle and Subway? The 37-year-old father of three is reportedly the subject of a child pornography investigation. The former face of Subway has been “cooperative” with authorities and had not been accused of any crime as of Tuesday, his lawyer said.
“Jared has been cooperating with law enforcement and its investigation of certain unspecified activities and looks forward to its conclusion,” attorney Ron Elberger told WTTV-TV, Indianapolis. Fogel has remained quiet on social media.
The arrest of Russell Taylor, the former director of the Jared Foundation -- which fights childhood obesity -- might have drawn authorities to the pitchman. Fogle’s foundation severed ties with Taylor when he was detained in April. Subsequently, Subway said it did not have any affiliation with Fogle’s foundation, and was happy the pitchman cut ties with Taylor in such a speedy fashion.
Fogle became the face of Subway after he lost more than 200 pounds by eating an all-Subway diet. Before he started the diet, he weighed 425 pounds. He has an estimated net worth of $15 million, the New York Daily News reported in 2013.
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