Minnesota Wild winger Thomas Vanek’s name was linked Monday to a federal gambling investigation connected to a Rochester, N.Y., restaurant. Vanek visited a federal courthouse in that city with his lawyer Monday and a local TV station filmed them leaving.
Vanek issued a statement on the situation through his agent, Steve Bartlett:
“Representatives of the U.S. Federal Government have asked for my cooperation in an investigation. I am not the subject of any investigation or prosecution. I will fully cooperate with the U.S. Federal authorities in their investigation or in any proceedings arising out of it.”
Bartlett also told the Rochester TV station Vanek is only a witness in the case.
The 30-year-old Austrian native played one American League season in Rochester in 2004-05. He signed a three-year, $19.5-million contract with the Wild on July 1.