Deshea Townsend, Mississippi State release statement over drug raid

Peter Brouillet-US PRESSWIRE

The statement through his employer confirms Townsend owned the property at which police found 1,500 bricks of heroin and assault weapons, also confirming those arrested there were not the tenants to whom the property was rented.

Mississippi State University and ex-Steelers cornerback and current Bulldogs cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend released a statement regarding the arrest of two men in possession of heroin and automatic weapons at a home owned by Townsend in Pittsburgh Monday.

"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."

Like a well-timed gag in a movie, you can see, feel and hear all eyes shifting over to whatever management company was overseeing Townsend's Mount Washington house.

Insert your "they won't be getting their security deposit back" jokes, and throw in a "he's likely to get the management fee waived" kicker. Credit to Townsend, though. A lease purchase agreement is pretty nice to have.

After sorting out the management company's role in preventing the exportation and receipt of enough illegal narcotics to keep the 1990s Cowboys entertained, Townsend will likely move on, probably after finding a new management company.

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