New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady has peripherally emerged in the BALCO investigation, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
Federal prosecutors will try to convince a judge on Thursday to throw Barry Bonds' personal trainer back in jail for refusing to testify, this time before a newly assembled grand jury that is also reportedly investigating track coach Trevor Graham and other athletes.
And the Daily News says that in a statement to prosecutors about his intention to keep quiet, Bonds' trainer Greg Anderson invoked Brady's name, effectively dragging the three-time Super Bowl winner into what the newspaper called biggest drug scandal in U.S. sports history, saying the two had talked on the telephone, but never made further contact.
"I had only one brief conversation with Tom Brady regarding a potential future workout," Anderson reportedly said in the statement to prosecutors that was included in court documents unsealed on Wednesday in San Francisco. "I never had another phone conversation with him and never discussed it with anyone."
Even if Brady is only remotely tied to Anderson, the Daily News claims the star QB could be subjected to questions from the federal government, just like numerous other professional athletes.
Brady was mysteriously absent for several days near the start of training camp. No reason was given for his absence.
Paula Canny, an Anderson attorney, reportedly said Brady's name appears along with "10 to 20" other athletes that Anderson's grand jury subpoena lists as people the trainer should be prepared to answer questions about.
Canny also reportedly said that investigators may have gotten Brady's name from phone records phone records seized by the government, though Anderson did not refer to any other athletes in his brief statement.
Brady, at the Daily News points out, attended the same Bay Area high school as Bonds. Brady's agent, Donald Yee, could not be reached by the newspaper for comment. And the Patriots refused to comment on Anderson's statement.
"I don't have any information on it," Patriots spokesman Stacey James said. "I'm not going on hearsay."