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Several years ago, a handful of Panthers players were implicated in the purchase of steroids after a season that culminated in a Super Bowl appearance.
So we suppose it’s fitting that, after three years of underachievement, a member of the team could eventually be tied to off-field activities that do nothing to enhance on-field performance.
An investigation into the now-defunct HushHush call-girl ring has resulted in the arrest of two prominent Charlotte-area businessmen, and the enterprise allegedly generated $3 million over seven years by catering to “some of the city’s civic and business elite.” 
We’re told that more names of alleged customers will be released soon, and that the list could include at least one member of the Panthers.
So far, three HushHush clients have pleaded guilty to charges of soliciting prostitution. 
Per the Charlotte Observer, authorities videotaped men meeting with HushHush prostitutes.   Also, telephone wiretaps recorded clients arranging encounters with Sallie Saxon, who ran the operation.  Saxon and her husband have pleaded guilty to federal crimes, and have been senteced to prison.
For the clients, the potential penalty is up to 60 days in prison.  And permanent disqualification from becoming the governor of New York.

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  1. DLight says: Jan 12, 2009 5:12 PM


  2. Favre2012 says: Jan 12, 2009 5:19 PM

    This should not be a crime.

  3. empty13 says: Jan 12, 2009 5:23 PM

    is HushHush hooked up with the minnesota love boat?

  4. jaxdolfan says: Jan 12, 2009 5:24 PM

    I am betting that it is Bill Belichick at the head of the list.

  5. Finalyst says: Jan 12, 2009 5:28 PM

    Where does it say anything about NFL players?

  6. RobJH says: Jan 12, 2009 5:29 PM

    Jake Delhomme looks like he’d have to pay for it…

  7. arosen36 says: Jan 12, 2009 5:36 PM

    maybe jake delhomme said he’d throw the game for a b**w job

  8. buddywiser says: Jan 12, 2009 5:37 PM

    Hopefully it’s one of the cheerleaders. Oh wait, that girl-girl scenario already played out in a bathroom a few years ago.

  9. Torc says: Jan 12, 2009 5:37 PM

    Maybe they were testing out the “couldn’t score with $50” joke?

  10. Too Many Tommy says: Jan 12, 2009 5:37 PM

    Too many tommy thinks it could be worse, they could be Mark Chmura

  11. synecdoche says: Jan 12, 2009 5:38 PM

    I guess this is why Dwayne Jarrett has been a total bust thus far…

  12. cunn9305 says: Jan 12, 2009 5:41 PM

    As if Dwayne Jarrett couldn’t be any more of a disappointment.

  13. sfitz76 says: Jan 12, 2009 5:43 PM

    OH MY GOD! NFL players are involved with “gasp” prostitues. Say it isn’t so!

  14. jimicos says: Jan 12, 2009 5:47 PM

    It’s surprising that the whole team didn’t get arrested for bestiality the way they got “effed” by the Cardinals.
    Oh no he DITNT!!!

  15. Elaw6 says: Jan 12, 2009 6:02 PM

    I miss the real Panther criminals like Rae “into moms trunk” Caruth

  16. Fade 2 Black says: Jan 12, 2009 6:03 PM

    Gives the term “hush money” a whole new meaning….. LOL

  17. Fade 2 Black says: Jan 12, 2009 6:07 PM

    If Belichick and any Patriots are involved,
    then they would have to name this story
    *********** “SPRY-Gate” **********

  18. Tex Big Balls says: Jan 12, 2009 6:11 PM

    Jake technically isn’t guilty of soliciting. His attempt to hand over cash was tipped and then intercepted.

  19. BC781 says: Jan 12, 2009 6:16 PM

    Now we know which team Pac Man will play for next year.

  20. OJ says: Jan 12, 2009 6:20 PM

    I’ll look into it, Mike.

  21. Mike D says: Jan 12, 2009 6:21 PM

    Can’t a playa get a little stank on his hang-low??

  22. tifosi4ref1 says: Jan 12, 2009 6:22 PM

    Delhomme should of visited the gals would have got that “edge” off

  23. onegreenhat says: Jan 12, 2009 6:30 PM

    Florio: consorting w prostitutes wouldnt eliminate you permanently from being GOV of the NY, only if you happened to be in office at the time and were also prosecuting others for doing the same thing.

  24. ponzio says: Jan 12, 2009 6:38 PM

    WHO CARES????
    Better than hooking up with a stalker/disease ridden’/gold digger I would think.

  25. Brant says: Jan 12, 2009 6:47 PM

    Maybe Delhomme is the guilty party and he was so busy checking the sidelines to make sure the cops weren’t there to bust him that he kept throwing pics. Either that or he was worried about someone finding the Cheever letters.

  26. virtualplague says: Jan 12, 2009 6:49 PM


  27. kenny1978 says: Jan 12, 2009 6:56 PM

    I am as conservative as they come, But this should not be a crime. All they did was pay for some booty.

  28. JackFactor says: Jan 12, 2009 7:27 PM

    Now matter how much they paid they didn’t get screwed as hard as Lion’s fans this year.

  29. andyreid says: Jan 12, 2009 7:28 PM

    and here i thought the Panthers were only garbage ON the field

  30. RIP JB 99 says: Jan 12, 2009 7:30 PM

    It must be an election year. So ridiculous.

  31. promichael says: Jan 12, 2009 7:32 PM

    I think the players involved were just looking for prospects
    to join the Charlotte Panthers cheerleading squad. Paying a
    girl to audition should not be a crime!

  32. UnsportsmanlikeConduct says: Jan 12, 2009 7:37 PM

    But if the player is willing to use crack, he could be the next mayor of Washington, D.C.

  33. FireAndyReid21 says: Jan 12, 2009 7:43 PM

    Im on the list, keep it hush hush

  34. chip says: Jan 12, 2009 7:54 PM

    why cant these guys get laid without hookers or script clubs for crying out loud…

  35. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 12, 2009 7:58 PM

    A Carolina Pussycat paid for some pussycat.

  36. Bob_Nelson says: Jan 12, 2009 8:10 PM

    Could possibly, maybe, sort of, might, by chance, include some possible member(s) of the Panthers, but it isn’t known.
    Then again it may not.
    It does somehow get organized crime, deviant sex, money, criminal court cases, and insults to the Charlotte area into the blog.

  37. inmymind says: Jan 12, 2009 8:17 PM

    Legalize it, and stop sending our hard earned cash overseas.

  38. WorldChampionBears2008 says: Jan 12, 2009 8:21 PM

    “Jake Delhomme looks like he’d have to pay for it…”
    That would explain a lot.

  39. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 12, 2009 8:24 PM

    Jake NEVER had to pay for it when we were together.
    John Kasay

  40. joetoronto says: Jan 12, 2009 8:27 PM

    Oh whoppdifriggindo.
    This shouldn’t even be considered “news” in this day and age.

  41. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 12, 2009 8:28 PM

    No shenanigans when I was on the team, considering I sucked so GOOD. How else could I stay on the roster?
    Chris Weinke

  42. 909raiderlifer says: Jan 12, 2009 8:28 PM

    Hey, Florio.
    Nowhere in the Chalotte Observer article is there any mention of ANY players from the Panthers being involved in the investigation.
    Are you lowering yourself to start throwing crap against the wall now? For a “Lawyer” to do such, is not surprising.

  43. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 12, 2009 8:30 PM

    Jake and I pitch and catch all the time, on the practice field and in the locker room.
    Steve Smith

  44. bgman says: Jan 12, 2009 8:35 PM

    Florio, you’re just jumping to conclusions. Don’t assume a quickie BJ from a high dollar model/escort doesn’t enhance on-field performance.

  45. Silvercat says: Jan 12, 2009 8:47 PM

    Did this break before the game? That might explain someone having a bad game. I missed the game- did anyone on Carolina not play well…?

  46. Silvercat says: Jan 12, 2009 8:48 PM

    and no, it should not be a crime. Guys pay for it all the time in legal ways, otherwise jewelry stores would not exist.

  47. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 12, 2009 8:50 PM

    No wonder they were flat against the Cardinals!

  48. pfitz says: Jan 12, 2009 8:55 PM

    Does Hush hush have a branch in boston and if so do you have the number florio.I have now found something to do with the Pats not in the playoffs

  49. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 12, 2009 9:07 PM

    Kerry Collins always knew how to stick it in there.
    Wesley Walls

  50. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 12, 2009 9:21 PM

    I taught the Panthers how we used to do it in San Francisco.
    George Seifert

  51. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 12, 2009 9:25 PM

    Anyone remember the cat fight I had with Kerry Collins? We kissed and made up.
    Muhsin Muhammad

  52. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 12, 2009 9:38 PM

    I sometimes had trouble finding the hole. They kept riding my ass!
    DeShaun Foster

  53. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 12, 2009 9:46 PM

    My playing career with the Panthers was totally awesome! I could always find the hole and stuff it. Couldn’t wipe the smile off my face!
    Kevin Greene

  54. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 12, 2009 11:04 PM

    I’d stuff the holes so hard I kept getting concussions.
    Dan Morgan

  55. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 12, 2009 11:06 PM

    I was so good at stuffing holes that they kept me, not Will Witherspoon.
    Dan Morgan

  56. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 12, 2009 11:09 PM

    You could always count on me to find the hole.
    Ricky Proehl

  57. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 12, 2009 11:12 PM

    I wanted Michael Westbrook to open a hole for me and he’d want none of that. We were both Redskins, what’s up with that?
    Stephen Davis

  58. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 12, 2009 11:27 PM

    My career exploded like a volcano when I came to the Panthers! Holes opened up often, and I’d just put it in there!
    Stephen Davis

  59. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 12, 2009 11:42 PM

    I really had it against those Panthers! DeAngelo Hall wouldn’t shut his damn hole, Steve Smith wouldn’t shut his hole. I tried to stuff Hall’s hole but it was too big. It cost me the game. Shut up, Joey!
    Bobby Petrino

  60. 12thman says: Jan 12, 2009 11:52 PM

    Delhomme?? There’s no mention of call-boys in that article.

  61. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 13, 2009 12:02 AM

    I could hardly find the open holes with the Panthers, so where should I go? SAN FRANCISCO!
    DeShaun Foster

  62. mpritc1019 says: Jan 13, 2009 8:34 AM

    Mike, now you are stooping to making stuff up? Don’t turn this place into the National Enquirer and destroy whatever credibility you have left.I live in Charlotte and no one has ever even mentioned a panther being involved.

  63. playmaker says: Jan 13, 2009 1:38 PM

    maybe it was the kicker

  64. Skew says: Jan 13, 2009 2:31 PM

    I live in Charlotte and over 6-8 months ago I heard this rumor. And the player involved that I heard was Peppers.

  65. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 13, 2009 8:53 PM


  66. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jan 15, 2009 11:30 PM


  67. dave61 says: Jan 16, 2009 7:37 AM

    we have a sitting U.S. Republican senator David Vitter who admitted being involved with prostitute and he’s not facing any crimes…. the rich and powerful with different sets of justice.

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