Attorney claims feds tried to lure Joe Montana into a sting

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Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana was known for his poise on the field.  He should be now known for having keen judgment off the field.

According to Philip Matier and Andrew Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle, the FBI used an undercover agent posing as a real estate investor to lure Montana into a sting.  Montana didn’t take the bait.

The claim comes from attorney James Brosnahan, the lawyer defending former San Francisco school board president Keith Jackson.  Jackson and others allegedly fell victim to the efforts to trap them into wrongdoing.

“In a sting, they have real reason to believe someone is committing a crime,” Brosnahan said.  “But here they fanned out all over California to see who would talk to them about anything.”

Brosnahan’s disclosure comes as part of an obvious P.R. attack upon the government’s case against 29 total defendants, including football agent Marlon D. Sullivan.

“Who decided to take Joe to lunch and cast a cloud on Northern California’s greatest sports hero?” Brosnahan said.  “Nobody was exercising any judgment about the scope of this thing.”

Brosnahan risks a finding that he violated a court order restricting comment about the investigation.  Brosnahan contends that none of his remarks flow from evidence covered by the protective order.

Still, it’s never wise to risk being found in contempt of court.

31 responses to “Attorney claims feds tried to lure Joe Montana into a sting

  1. This is the equivalent of a Police speed or seat belt trap.

    Glad to see Joe sniffed it out.

    Sad to see the FBI needs to “create” criminals rather than catch ones that are already in action.

  2. What did Chris Hansen host “To Catch an Investor.” It’s nice to see that even the feds aren’t above entrapment. Joe Montana is a White former Super Bowl MVP, so at least they are equal opportunity entrappers, but still, setting out trying to lure someone into quicksand just seems despicable to me.

    “Here. Here is this deal. You can make a lot of money.” I wonder if the person who attempted to lure Joe Cool in looked anything like Clarence Beeks from Trading Places.

  3. What a pathetic state. Highest taxes, senators running illegal guns, Feds setting up citizens. The list goes on & on. And the ‘shield’ wonders why no owner wants to move to LA?

  4. jjb0811 says:
    Jun 16, 2014 3:59 PM
    What a pathetic state. Highest taxes, senators running illegal guns, Feds setting up citizens. The list goes on & on. And the ‘shield’ wonders why no owner wants to move to LA?
    Right, Detroit is much better suited to have a team.

  5. I agree totally with this comment..

    “Sad to see the FBI needs to “create” criminals rather than catch ones that are already in action.”

  6. Next time you start thinking Colin Kaepernick’s a great quarterback, just take a quick look at the photo at the top of this article. That’s all it will take. One quick but potent reminder of what great really is.

  7. Why do they lure someone to make crime and catch them after they commit the crime? This is very unethical as someone pointed out. This approach has to stop.

  8. I’m not buying it. This is coming from a defense attorney in an effort to sway opinion for his client.

    The anti-government types will eat this up but anyone with a brain wouldn’t form an opinion based solely on a lawyer crying about his client’s innocence.

  9. Most divorced men become very wary and protective of their finances.

    I’m sure a lot of con men and weasels have tried to part Joe from his money for years.

    He is no dummy. This in no way harms Joe’s reputation or dirties his name.

  10. It is a shame ….the FBI should be more focused on our gun problem.
    Instead they find time to dig up crimes. There are many young ambitious FBI agents . They team up with equally young ambitious
    U.S. Attorneys. The more famous the person indicted the more publicity they get. There is a cable documentary on the prosecution of
    Tommy Chong. His son had a bong manufacturing company and of course his Dad’s name and reputation were invaluable. Tommy had some ownership and ended up serving time in a Federal prison. He had no prior record and no prior arrests. The Feds spent millions to
    prosecute him. Another case in point is Barry Bonds. Did the fact
    Barry used PEDS effect the average U.S. Citizen? The Feds spent millions so Barry could serve 30 days house arrest. Get to work getting
    guns off the street!

  11. You think you can fool the greatest criminal mastermind in the history of crime with some two-bit undercover real estate agent?

    Montana is a criminal genius and could sniff your decoy a mile away. He spent decades creating this image as a wholesome “good guy” specifically so he could continue his crime rampage all across the world.

    Better luck next time coppers! You’ll never catch Joe Montana!!!

  12. When did we as American citizens start to allow the law enforcement that we pay for to entrap us? This country is so messed up now and it will never be the same. What a shame that is.

  13. Fell “victim” to the efforts to trap them into wrongdoing”. Yeah, sounds like the words of a defense lawyer. More like fell stupid.

  14. You know… I pretty much live in contempt of court
    I’d have less contempt if the system wasn’t rigged against the average citizen.
    Nothing good comes from being touched by the legal system. In any way.

  15. Joe is a very smart man and isn’t going to do business with anyone he doesn’t know. On the other hand, the Feds are a bunch of crooks. Sorry we are all paying them to treat us this way.

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