Subway may have been slow to issue a statement earlier today about federal authorities searching Jared Fogle's house, but the company has now suspended its relationship with its spokesman of more than 15 years.
The company said on Twitter:
Subway & Jared Fogle have agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation. Jared is cooperating with authorities.— SUBWAY® (@SUBWAY) July 7, 2015
"Subway and Jared Fogle have mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation," a spokesman added in an email to Ad Age. "Jared continues to cooperate with authorities and he expects no actions to be forthcoming. Both Jared and Subway agree that this was the appropriate step to take."
The news broke this morning that federal agents searched the Subway pitchman's house in an investigation that authorities declined to discuss publicly. The search of Mr. Fogle's Indiana home came two months after Russell Taylor, executive director of the Fogle Foundation, a group that is dedicated to helping teach kids healthy lifestyle habits, was arrested on child pornography charges. Following those charges, Subway and Mr. Fogle said they had severed all ties with Mr. Taylor.
The company Monday afternoon also took down the unfortunately named "Jared's Pants Dance" game, which lived on its SubwayKids.com website.
Earlier in the afternoon, Mr. Fogle's attorney said he had not been arrested for any crime, according to the Indianapolis Star:
"Jared has been cooperating, and continues to cooperate, with law enforcement in their investigation of unspecified charges and looks forward to its conclusion," attorney Ron Elberger said in an email. "He has not been detained, arrested or charged with any crime or offense."