Jared Fogle leaves the courthouse on August 19, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Fogle was part of a Federal Investigation that included a raid of his home in July 2015. (Photo credit: Joey Foley/Getty Images)
The nephew of the man who gave former Subway pitchman and convicted sex offender Jared Fogle a bloody beat down in a Colorado prison says his uncle had every opportunity to kill Fogle.
“Jared’s lucky he’s still alive. My uncle was in a position to kill him. No one was there,” Jimmy Nigg Jr. told the New York Daily News in reference to the incident involving his uncle, Steven Nigg.
On Wednesday, TMZ reported that documents show Fogle — who is serving a 15-year-sentence — was jumped by 60-year-old Nigg at the Englewood prison. He reportedly pushed Fogle to the ground on Jan. 29 and then repeatedly punched him in the face, leaving him with a bloody nose and a swollen face.
Nigg’s nephew insisted his uncle isn’t a violent person.
“He got him down, then walked away,” Jimmy Nigg Jr. said. “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.”
He said his uncle feels that Fogle shouldn’t be allowed to act that way behind bars.
The inmate’s brother said he recently made a prison visit, and Steven Nigg said he’d do it again if the opportunity presented itself.
“He said these kids (the victims) got dads and uncles and they’d love to do what I just did,” Jimmy Sr. told The New York Daily News. “‘I’m doing it for the families. I couldn’t help it.’”
Fogle isn’t the only high-profile person at the Colorado prison as it’s also the same place former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is doing time.
“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 Nigg Sr. said.