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NFL | Clarett allegedly has ties to Israeli mobster

ESPN.com reports former NFL RB Maurice Clarett has ties to an alleged member of an Israeli crime organization, according to ESPN. Clarett got involved in the organization shortly after leaving Ohio State and Clarett's attorney said Clarett may have been in possession of firearms during his arrest last week to protect himself against mob activity. Nick Mango, Clarett's attorney, said his client has repeatedly received death threats over the past year but that the cryptic postcard sent last week has him wondering about Clarett's ties to an alleged mob enforcer. A rapper friend of Clarett's introduced the running back to Hai Waknine in Los Angeles. Waknine is a convicted felon who prosecutors believe is a part of the Israeli crime organization, The Jerusalem Group. Waknine became Clarett's sponsor and set him up with cash, a BMW, bodyguards, drivers and beachfront lodging in Malibu with the understanding that he would be reimbursed with 60 percent of Clarett's rookie contract. When Clarett was cut by the Denver Broncos, Waknine cut off Clarett financially. After Clarett's latest arrest, an anonymous phone call alerted Clarett's attorneys to his ties with Waknine and they grew more suspicious when the threatening postcard arrived, which may have come from Waknine.

2006-08-17 22:49:49 | Source:

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