Former 49ers quarterback Joe Montana denied any role in a college bribery scheme amid links to its recently convicted mastermind.
Palo Alto Weekly reported Wednesday that William Singer, who pled guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges Tuesday for orchestrating a scam designed to get students from wealthy families admitted into prestigious universities, listed Montana as one of his clients in a 2014 Facebook post.
Montana was not one of the 50 people indicted in federal court Tuesday, and tweeted Thursday that Singer's company, The Key, "provided nothing more than minimal consulting services to our family ... with the college application process."
Mr. Singer's company provided nothing more than minimal consulting services to our family, like so many other families, with the college application process. Fortunately our kids were able to pick from a number of schools to attend due to their hard work and their merit.— Joseph Montana (@JoeMontana) March 15, 2019
The Hall of Fame QB, along with his wife Jennifer, have four children. His two sons, Nate and Nick, played college football and finished their careers at West Virginia Wesleyan and Tulane, respectively.
U.S. attorneys said Singer was paid around $25 million since 2011 in order to bribe college officials and coaches to secure enrollment for their children at top schools like Stanford, USC and Yale. College coaches at those aforementioned schools, as well as Georgetown, Texas and UCLA, have been charged in the scheme. Court documents also revealed that parents paid Singer up to $75,000 in order to have someone take the SAT or ACT for their children.