Updated NOV 22, 2013 7: 51a ET
Federal tax investigators are looking into former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler’s charity work, according to a written report.
The Green Bay Press Gazette on Thursday reported that the IRS is definitely probing why Butler has been increasing money in Wisconsin over the last decade but has made only one annual filing with the agency. The LeRoy Butler Basis hasn’t filed with the IRS considering that 2002, even though he continued increasing money under that name through this year.
According to the Press Gazette, both an ex Butler associate and “a Wausau businessman” said they had spoken to federal agents about dealings along with Butler’s charities.
A second charity, the LeRoy Butler Scholarship Fund, was founded last year but had its tax-exempt status revoked by the IRS after not being able to file returns by 2012. The only real return on file from Butler since 2002 is a short-form last year filing for the scholarship fund submitted after the revocation.
Last month, Butler gave an interview to the Gannett Wisconsin Media explaining why he did not document returns with the IRS:
The Post Gazette also reported that Butler on Monday posted to Facebook which he had been cooperating with the IRS whilst also conducting an “independent evaluation to determine if [the LeRoy Butler Foundation] was operating in compliance along with federal guidelines”
Butler posted this to Facebook on Sunday:
“I am very upset plus sad that a article has made a decision to somehow leave out lots of facts about our foundation, I have helped 100s of females with breastcancer and to try and associated with it seemed that I didn’t is definitely false, what the article doesn’t mention is that I help lots of other charitable organization events as well, but it’s a personal attack on me, but I am going to tell my side soon, the guy who wrote this story lied to me about the whole content, and didn’t tell my aspect at all I am really surprised, but I will fight for my name within this state”
Butler also reportedly tweeted that he felt the story made your pet look “money hungry, ” although that Tweet no longer appears in the feed.
Butler played 12 seasons in the NFL, all with Green These types of. He was a four-time first-team All Pro was on the team that will won Super Bowl XXXI within January 1997.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report