NASCAR’s Carl Edwards Won’t Talk Turkey About Subway Spokesman Jared Fogle
It’s been a tough week for America’s most beloved professional eaters.
On July 4th, eight-time hot dog-eating champion Joey Chestnut was upset by young up-and-comer Matt Stonie, who downed 60 dogs at the annual sporting event. Then just three days later, Subway spokesman Jared Fogle—famous for losing 245 pounds by eating the fast food chain’s veggie and turkey sandwiches—had his Indiana home raided by the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Are there any heroes left in the world?
Although Fogle has not been arrested and is reportedly cooperating with the investigation, computers, media storage devices, DVDs, and documents were all confiscated from the house he shares with his wife and two children. Many are speculating that the raid is connected to the recent child pornography charges filed against the executive director of Fogle’s Jared Foundation, which aims to combat childhood obesity.
As a result of the scandal, Subway tossed Fogle quicker than a Clayton Kershaw fastball with extra mustard on it. But Subway-sponsored NASCAR driver Carl Edwards didn’t relish the opportunity to dive footlong headlong into the rampant conjecture, telling the press that the speculation surrounding Fogle is half-baked, at best.
“There’s no reason to even speculate” about the situation, Edwards told reporters at Kentucky Speedway. “Out of respect for Jared and the judicial process, I think it’s really important to wait until there’s some facts.”
Edwards has appeared alongside Fogle in Subway commercials in the past, including a 2010 marketing campaign in which he trained for the New York Marathon with the help of Edwards, NBA star Blake Griffin, and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. And in 2009, Carl Edwards dressed up as a pre-weight loss Jared Fogle for a special Halloween-edition of Trackside Live at Talladega (the real Jared, in turn, dressed up as Carl Edwards):
“I’m Carl Edwards,” Jared said while wearing a muscle suit. “I don’t win many races, but I’m in the gym all the time.”
“And I make lots of money for doing nothing but eating Subway,” Edwards (as Jared) shot back playfully. “America is unbelievable!”
After some good-natured ribbing, Edwards offered his sincere admiration for Jared, saying, “You’re a real inspiration to people. I started eating at Subway [after] I saw what you did… and you said you’ve spoken to three- or four-hundred thousand kids across the country about being fit, and I think it’s cool what you do, man.”
Since 2002, Fogle has also acted as the grand marshal at several NASCAR races, though from now on he’ll probably be as welcome at the track as a Confederate flag.
But, as Edwards says, we still don’t know all of the facts. If Jared is found guilty of wrongdoing, though, it will be a sad day for our nation.
If you can’t trust a guy who says eating hoagies from a fast food joint will help you lose weight, who can you trust?
News Source: ESPN
Patrick Grieve was born in Southwestern Ohio and has lived there all of his life, with the exception of a few years spent getting a Creative Writing degree in Southeastern Ohio. He loves to take road trips, sometimes to places as distant as Northeastern or even Northwestern Ohio. Patrick also enjoys old movies, shopping at thrift stores, going to ballgames, writing about those things, and watching Law & Order reruns. He just watches the original series, though, none of the spin-offs. And also only the ones they made before Jerry Orbach died. Season five was really the peak, in his opinion. See more articles by Patrick.