Update: June 9 (6:40 p.m. ET)
The Mississippi State athletic department released a statement explaining the situation as it pertains to cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend, who owns investment property in the Pittsburgh area. Neither of the two men who were arrested "were signatories to the March 2012 lease agreement."
Per Hail State Beat:
Deshea Townsend has learned that arrests occurred at a property titled in his name in the Mount Washington area of Pittsburgh. Although Coach Townsend has not been associated with the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2010, he continues to own investment property in the Pittsburgh area. The property in question was the subject of a lease purchase agreement executed in March 2012. Neither individuals arrested were signatories to the March 2012 lease agreement. Coach Townsend employs a rental agent to conduct his affairs regarding this property and in no way is associated with the activities that may have occurred at a property rented by him to others.
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Two men were arrested Sunday night in the Pittsburgh area as part of a large drug bust at a home owned by Mississippi State cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend.
According to CBS Pittsburgh, there is no indication that Townsend, who joined the Mississippi State staff before last season, is involved. Law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Agency reportedly seized “1,500 bricks of heroin, 16 firearms, more than $100,000 in cash and jewelry, two luxury vehicles, Cuban cigars and a live chicken.”
Per the Clarion-Ledger, a school spokesperson confirmed that Townsend owns the house, but said he rents it out to tenants. The school spokesperson also told the Ledger that Townsend has “no previous relationship” with 33-year-old Price Montgomery and 35-year-old James Perrin, the two men arrested.
The 38-year-old Townsend, who won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, worked as an assistant defensive backs coach for the Arizona Cardinals for two years before joining the Bulldogs staff in 2013. He played in the NFL for 13 seasons for the Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts after playing collegiately at Alabama.
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