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Sheriff Chronister and Bucs legend Derrick Brooks witness Trump pardon Eddie DeBartolo Jr.

Posted at 8:34 PM, Feb 18, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A pair of familiar faces were spotted in the White House on Tuesday.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister and Tampa Bay Buccaneers legend Derrick Brooks were spotted in the Oval Office as President Donald Trump issued a pardon to businessman and former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr.

Brooks was among several former NFL players, including football icons Jim Brown and Jerry Rice, who were among the witnesses of DeBartolo Jr. being cleared of a 1998 fraud conviction.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: President Donald Trump issues pardon to former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr.

President Trump shared photos of Tuesday's event.

"Congratulations to Eddie DeBartolo Jr. and your wonderful family of friends!" President Trump tweeted.

Sheriff Chronister is the son-in-law of Eddie DeBartolo Jr. He is married to DeBartolo's daughter, Nicole.

DeBartolo pleaded guilty on failing to report a felony in 1998 in connection with the corruption involving Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards. Following the controversy surrounding the corruption case, DeBartolo gave control of the 49ers up to his sister Denise York in 2000.