Former New York Giants Player Admits to Attempting to Sell Fentanyl-Laced Drugs

Former New York Giants player Clyde “Peter” Hall, 84, admitted in court on Thursday to attempting to sell fentanyl-laced drugs outside his Manhattan apartment while on “compassionate release” in a financial fraud case. Hall, who briefly played for the Giants in the 1960s, acknowledged his actions were against the law. He had been serving a 20-year prison sentence for financial fraud crimes when he was granted compassionate release during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During his release, Hall was caught trying to sell six kilograms of cocaine outside his Harlem apartment on April 24, 2021, according to federal prosecutors. Unbeknownst to Hall, the buyer was an informant working with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and their phone calls discussing the drug deal had been recorded. When Hall met the informant, he had a bag containing a substance that later tested positive for cocaine. Authorities subsequently raided his apartment and seized around seven kilos of cocaine.

Facing the possibility of life in prison for narcotics distribution, Hall pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of intent to distribute 40 grams of a controlled substance containing fentanyl. Under federal sentencing guidelines, he could receive a sentence of 11 to 14 years in prison. Additionally, Hall will have to serve the remainder of his 20-year sentence for financial fraud, which is set to end in 2026.

Hall’s attorney, Jason Goldman, expressed hope that his client would not spend the rest of his life behind bars after accepting responsibility for his role. Hall thanked two family members who attended his hearing before being taken back into custody. He is scheduled to be sentenced on December 5.

Clyde “Peter” Hall appeared in 12 games for the Giants in 1961, catching two passes for 22 yards in the only season he played in the NFL.

 

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