Following reports today on a rental property in Pennsylvania owned by Mississippi State cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend, the MSU athletic department released a brief statement. In it, Townsend expressed that he was not involved with the incident and the individuals in question were not those who signed the lease for his rental property.
Here is the text in full:
“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.”