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Local football star’s charity under investigation

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Updated: 11/22/2013 8:13 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- The foundation started by a local football legend is under investigation by the IRS.

Leroy Butler was star player for Lee High School, and a Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer. Now, Action News has learned, the charity Butler started in his own name to help women battling breast cancer is under investigation by the IRS.

On his Facebook page, the Jacksonville native confirmed the probe, writing, "My foundation had been cooperating with the Internal Revenue Service in their review of the foundation." We searched through foundation records for the past 10 years and found just two filings with the IRS.

Those same records show Butler raised more than $100,000. Although the foundation is based in Wisconsin now, a phone call to the office revealed the charity actually started in Jacksonville with an office address in the Gateway Mall.
We searched through state records, and found the foundation is now inactive here.

We left messages for Butler asking for his side of the story. So far, he's only talking on social media. Part of his Twitter says, "... now I will move forward, and still help people." On Facebook, he describes being "upset." His page is also filled with supporters.

Now as Butler works to set the record straight, the local legend told his fans he is committed to making sure his foundation did things right.

Thursday, on the foundation website, it says 2013 is the final year of its operation. We contacted the IRS for comment, and our calls and emails were not returned Thursday.

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