Subway restaurants suspended its relationship with Jared Fogle after the sandwich spokesman's home was raided by law enforcement officials Tuesday.
Reports indicate the investigation may be linked to a child pornography probe into one of Fogle's former business partners.
Subway & Jared Fogle have agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation. Jared is cooperating with authorities.
— SUBWAY® (@SUBWAY) July 7, 2015
In May, Russell Taylor, executive director of Fogle's nonprofit Jared Foundation, was arrested on child pornography charges, according to the New York Daily News. Evidence of child porn was found inside Taylor's home in Indianapolis. The foundation distanced itself from Taylor soon after his arrest.
The Indianapolis Star reported that police officers, FBI agents and state investigators were gathered outside Fogle's home on Tuesday, as the raid was happening. Officials from the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office would not confirm the nature of the investigation into the famed spokesperson.
"We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of [Russell Taylor]," a statement from Subway read on Tuesday afternoon, according to WRTV. "We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely."
.@SUBWAY says: "We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee."
— RTV6 Indianapolis (@rtv6) July 7, 2015
Fogle, 37, became famous in 2000 when Subway restaurants first ran a series of television ads where he shared his story of losing 235 pounds by exercising and eating the chain's sandwiches.
Fogle's Jared Foundation aims to "eliminate childhood obesity by raising awareness and developing programs that educate and inspire kids," according to the organization's website.
Clint Davis is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.