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The Associated Press is reporting that the San Diego U.S. Attorney’s Office has issued multiple witnesses in a probe into whether New Orleans Saints’ running back Reggie Bush took cash and gifts while in college.

The AP says:

The existence of taped conversations between Reggie Bush or members of his family and an investor in a failed sports marketing agency could confirm the New Orleans Saints’ running back received cash and gifts while playing for Southern California, Yahoo.com reported Wednesday.

A federal investigation into extortion claims by Bush and his family revealed the existence of the taped conversations, according to the Yahoo report.

According to a copy of a subpoena obtained by Yahoo.com, at least one of the witnesses was asked to hand over “any recordings in your possession of conversations between Lloyd Lake and Reggie Bush, Denise Griffin, or LaMar Griffin.”

Multiple sources told Yahoo.com that Lake made the tapes in late 2005 to protect his financial investment if Bush backed out of a deal to sign with New Era Sports & Entertainment, founded by Lake and San Diego businessman Michael Michaels. In January 2006, Bush signed with agent Joel Segal and marketing agent Mike Ornstein.

ROB DAVIS

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