By Ryan Velez
Last January, news came out that former Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle was attacked in an Englewood Prison by a fellow inmate in the rec yard, being pushed down and attacked with several punches to the face. Fogle was not seriously injured, except for a bloody nose, swollen face, and scratches on his neck. At the time, the family of the attacker, 60-year-old Steven Nigg, said that they were not surprised by his actions. They reported to TMZ that Nigg was upset because so many child s*x predators were housed in the facility, and Fogle was essentially the straw that broke the camel’s back. Now, a few months later, Nigg wrote a letter that TMZ was able to obtain, showing his side of the story.
While the letter corroborates much of the feelings that his family previously expressed, it allows the chance to see some more details as well as hear about the feelings in Nigg’s own words. According to Nigg, Fogle had become a revered figure among other pedophiles in the prison. He mentions that “Jared is their hero,” and “You would not believe how arrogant Jared was. He hired bodyguards and the other child molesters looked at him as if he was a god.” Nigg, who was imprisoned on a weapons charge, changes this feeling of invincibility briefly after attacking him, but he has paid consequences as well. As a result of the attack, Nigg was moved from Colorado to an Oklahoma prison, and the letter mentions that he “lost good times (time off his sentence) and spent many months in the hole, plus the loss of commissary and email.” At the same time, though, he says he “has no regrets.”
Becoming an international celebrity after his widely-publicized weight loss with the help of Subway sandwiches became the centerpiece of the chain’s marketing campaign, Fogle’s name is now the subject of much infamy. Following a years-long federal investigation where several disturbing comments Fogle made regarding children were recorded, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for child porn and crossing state lines to pay for s*x with minors. Authorities recovered 16 smart phones, 6 laptops, 22 DVDs, 159,634 text messages, 3,394 videos and 47,623 pictures on the devices shared by Fogle and accomplice Russell Taylor. When he is released, he will be 51 years old and placed under lifetime surveillance.