Joe Montana is the most recent particular person to confess utilizing William “Rick” Singer‘s firm to assist his youngsters get into school however he additionally denied any involvement with the alleged nationwide scheme.
On Friday, Montana, 62, a former NFL quarterback who performed for the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, revealed on Twitter that he was one of many many who used Singer’s Edge Faculty & Profession Community firm to help along with his youngsters’s school admissions course of — however nothing greater than that.
Montana defined that whereas his household obtained steering from the corporate, his youngsters — sons Nick, 26, and Nate, 29, and daughters Elizabeth, 32 and Alexandra, 33 — obtained affords from quite a few faculties on account of their “arduous work and benefit.”
“Mr. Singer’s firm offered nothing greater than minimal consulting providers to our household, like so many different households, with the faculty software course of,” Montana tweeted of the person believed to be the mastermind of the alleged scheme.
Mr. Singer’s firm offered nothing greater than minimal consulting providers to our household, like so many different households, with the faculty software course of. Happily our children have been capable of choose from quite a few faculties to attend on account of their arduous work and their benefit.
— Joseph Montana (@JoeMontana) March 15, 2019
“Happily our children have been capable of choose from quite a few faculties to attend on account of their arduous work and their benefit. Thanks,” he added.
Reps for Montana didn’t instantly reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark.
Montana graduated from the College of Notre Dame. His son Nate and daughter Elizabeth adopted in his footsteps, however Nate ultimately transferred a number of occasions earlier than graduating from West Virginia Wesleyan.
Nick was additionally a multi-transfer scholar however ended up at Tulane College. It’s unclear the place Alexandra selected to attend college.
Montana just isn’t the one skilled athlete to talk out about his connection to Singer within the wake of the alleged scandal.
On Thursday, skilled golfer Phil Mickelson additionally admitted to utilizing Singer‘s firm to assist his youngsters get into school however claimed he obtained admissions steering and never something extra.
In contrast to the 50 individuals who have been indicted as a part of the alleged nationwide fraud, Mickelson mentioned he was not concerned, partly as a result of his three youngsters — Evan, 15, Sophia, 17 and Amanda, 19 — would “disown” him and his spouse Amy in the event that they “tried to intrude.”
“Our household, together with 1000’s of others, used Rick Singer’s firm to information us by means of the faculty admission course of. We’re shocked by the revelations of those occasions,” he tweeted. “Clearly, we weren’t a part of this fraud, our children would disown us if we ever tried to intrude.”
Reps for Mickelson didn’t reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark.
Federal court docket data unsealed in Boston on Monday named 50 folks, together with excessive profile actresses Felicity Huffman and Fuller Home actress Lori Loughlin, who have been indicted as a part of the alleged nationwide school scheme, in line with a launch from the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace in Massachusetts.
“Dozens of people concerned in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated dishonest on school entrance exams and the admission of scholars to elite universities as purported athletic recruits have been arrested by federal brokers in a number of states and charged in paperwork unsealed on March 12, 2019, in federal court docket in Boston,” the discharge mentioned.
The U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace and the FBI alleged within the indictment that the scheme helped college students acquire acceptance to high faculties by serving to them cheat on school exams.
Some named within the court docket paperwork allegedly paid bribes of as much as $6 million to get their youngsters into elite faculties, together with Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, the College of Southern California, UCLA, the College of San Diego, College of Texas and Wake Forest, in line with federal prosecutors.
It additionally helped college students get into high faculties as athletes it doesn’t matter what their talents or even when they performed the game, in line with the indictment. Athletic coaches from Yale, Stanford, USC, Wake Forest and Georgetown, have been additionally implicated.
Huffman, 56, allegedly gave $15,000 to Singer and his nonprofit group, Key Worldwide Basis “to take part within the school entrance examination dishonest scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter,” the indictment states.
Loughlin, 54, allegedly gave $500,000 to have her youngsters designated as crew staff recruits, once they had by no means rowed, the indictment states.
Singer, in the meantime, pled responsible to racketeering conspiracy; cash laundering conspiracy; conspiracy to defraud US; obstruction of justice on Tuesday. He was launched on a $500,000 bond and his sentencing is scheduled for June 19.