Jared Fogle ‘lucky he’s still alive’ af­ter prison beat­ing by in­mate ‘send­ing a mes­sage’ to for­mer Sub­way pitch­man

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL - By Sasha Gold­stein

Jared Fogle is “lucky he’s still alive” af­ter a prison yard beat­down meant to send a mes­sage to the oncea­gain portly pe­dophile, the at­tacker’s fam­ily says.

Steven Nigg took a run in Jan­uary at the for­mer Sub­way pitch­man, who’s been act­ing like a “bigshot” at Colorado’s En­gle­wood FCI since he ar­rived af­ter his Novem­ber sen­tenc­ing for child sex crimes.

“He walks the yard and he’s rub­bing shoul­ders with peo­ple he shouldn’t be,” Nigg’s nephew, Jimmy Nigg Jr., told the Daily News. “My un­cle feels like he should never be al­lowed to do this.”

Most sex of­fend­ers in prison, where they are a par­tic­u­larly un­liked group, try to keep a low pro­file ac­cord­ing to Jimmy Jr. but Fogle’s ac­cess to cash, which he uses to pay fel­low in­mates for pro­tec­tion, al­lows him to feel in­vin­ci­ble.

“Jared’s lucky he’s still alive. My un­cle was in a po­si­tion to kill him. No one was there,” Jimmy Jr. said af­ter speak­ing to his un­cle and read­ing the in­ci­dent re­port. “He got him down, then walked away. He’s not a vi­o­lent guy, he doesn’t have a vi­o­lent his­tory. He’s send­ing a mes­sage is what he’s do­ing. A guy walks in with all this money and celebrity and in­stead of fly­ing un­der the radar, he’s go­ing into the yard, walk­ing around with big guys, say­ing no one can mess with me, flash­ing his money around and that’s what (my un­cle) is pissed off about.”

Fogle suf­fered a bloody nose, scratches to his neck and red­ness and swelling to his face af­ter the Jan. 29 pum­mel­ing, ac­cord­ing to an in­ci­dent re­port.

He’s been put in the “hole”— soli­tary con­fine­ment — and lost time he’d earned off his 15-year sen­tence for good be­hav­ior, Nigg’s brother, Jimmy Sr., said. Nigg him­self was fine, and felt proud of what’d he done when Jimmy Sr. went to see him on Fri­day, say­ing he’d do it again if he had the chance.

“He said th­ese kids (the vic­tims) got dads and un­cles and they’d love to do what I just did,” Jimmy Sr. told The News. “‘I’m do­ing it for the fam­i­lies. I couldn’t help it.’”

Steven Nigg, 60, who is sched­uled to be re­leased from the min­i­mum se­cu­rity lockup in 2024, is frus­trated by the amount of sex of­fend­ers sent to En­gle­wood, which has a spe­cial pro­gram de­signed to re­ha­bil­i­tate the con­victed fiends. The felon, who spent 15 years locked up in Ari­zona for armed rob­beries in the 1970s and was later con­victed of sell­ing guns he in­her­ited from his father, even asked the au­thor­i­ties to send him to a higher se­cu­rity prison so he could avoid in­ter­act­ing with pe­dophiles.

“He took jus­tice into his own hands in this in­ci­dent,” Nigg’s proud nephew said.

Aside from the beat­ing, prison hasn’t been too kind to Fogle’s physique. He’s gained a sig­nif­i­cant amount of weight and goes out into the yard just to “snack,” Steven re­counted for his fam­ily.

“The in­mates joke that they need to put him back in the Sub­way com­mer­cials be­cause he’s put on weight again,” Jimmy Jr. said.

The sand­wich pitch­man isn’t even the most fa­mous man at En­gle­wood. Dis­graced for­mer Illinois gov­er­nor Rod Blago­je­vich is also serv­ing out his term at the fed­eral pen­i­ten­tiary, but he’s well-liked by the rest of the guys - and can ap­par­ently take a joke at his own ex­pense.

“Steve was telling me, when (Blago) first got there, he was putting down a food tray, ask­ing ‘Can I sit here?’ And one of the in­mates says, ‘If you got $2 mil­lion, I’ll sell you this seat,’” Jimmy Sr. said of the dis­graced pol, who was con­victed of try­ing to sell Pres­i­dent Obama’s va­cated Illinois Se­nate seat.

Jared Fogle was sen­tenced to prison in Novem­ber.

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