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What Was that Deshea Townsend News All About?


For an idle Monday, yesterday seemed to be a busy news day. It was actually the 2nd biggest traffic day in M&WN history surprisingly enough. In all that hectic news there was an interesting story that leaked out in the afternoon – that men were arrested for heroine possession at MSU Cornerback coach Deshea Townsend’s house?

Hold up… what?!

That was the lead story by several news outlets, but it was pretty deceiving.

At a house owned by Deshea Townsend in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania two men were arrested with 1,500 bricks of heroin (whatever that is), 16 firearms, more than $100,000 in cash and jewelry, two luxury vehicles, Cuban cigars and a live chicken.

A live chicken.

Deshea, of course, played with the Pittsburgh Steelers for 12 years and won two Superbowls with them. If you play that long in the NFL you’ve got some money. Naturally, he has investment properties. This is one of them.

It’s even less than that, however, as it was a lease purchase agreement meaning whoever is renting now signed a contract with intent to buy the house. Typically in those situations the tenant is responsible for everything in the house (repairs, spraying for bugs, etc.) so the owner has nothing to do with the house anymore….plus Deshea employs a management company to handle his properties anyway.

MSU released a statement:

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.

Nothing to see here. But rest assured Ole Miss and other schools will try to use this against him. So please share this accurate depiction of the story.


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