Another black eye for ‘The Mouse’

By Lisa Backus
Updated: July 9, 2010

Jeremy Green

Jeremy Green

BRISTOL, Ct. — The ESPN football analyst charged with possessing child pornography admitted to police he was a cocaine user, a prosecutor said Friday.

Jeremy Green, 38, a former football scout and analyst who responds to fan questions on ESPN.com, was taken into custody at the Holiday Inn Express in Southington where he was staying about 5 p.m. Thursday.

“He is no longer employed here,” said ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys Friday. Green had been working at the company as an online contributor in the past few weeks, Soltys confirmed.

Green was charged by warrant with first-degree possession of child pornography, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia by Bristol police and held on $750,000 bond payable in cash only until his appearance in court Friday.

The arrest warrant has been sealed by the court for 14 days. Prosecutor Ronald Dearstyne told court officials during Green’s arraignment in Bristol Superior Court Friday that he couldn’t discuss the details but he believed he had a “good case” against Green.

“This is a very serious case, and in my opinion a good case,” he said. In the state of Connecticut, an individual must possess more than 50 depictions or images to be charged with first-degree possession of child pornography.

Green admitted to officers during a statement he gave police after his arrest that he used cocaine, Dearstyne said. Bristol police declined to comment on any aspect citing the sealed arrest warrant.

Green has been with ESPN for five years, court officials said, and was described on the company’s Web site as an “ESPN.com NFL Insider” who responds to questions from fans on SportsNation.

Green also previously hosted the “Football Today” podcast for ESPN.com and works for Scouts, Inc. His father, Dennis Green, was a head coach for the Minnesota Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals.

Green started as an NFL contributor to ESPN.com in 2005 and became an employee of the company in 2006, Soltys said.

Bristol Superior Court Judge Bernard Gaffney altered Green’s bond to $750,000 cash or surety which allows the use of a professional bondsman to seek his release.

His case will be transferred to the felony level court at New Britain Superior Court July 20 when he will make his next court appearance.