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