Adriano gives statement to police over scandal

11:22, March 26, 2010      

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Flamengo's star striker, Adriano, came to the 22nd division of the Rio de Janeiro Police Department on Thursday to clarify his relationship with drug traffickers in the Chatuba slum in Rio de Janeiro.

Adriano purchased a motorcycle for the mother of a well known drug trafficker, Paulo Rogerio de Souza, also known as Mica.

Flamengo's Adriano controls the ball during their Brazilian Championship soccer match agaisnt Atletico-PR at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, May 31, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

The gift worthy of an estimated value of 17,000 U.S. dollars was given in 2008. The police were interested in learning exactly why Adriano purchased the motorcycle and what is his relationship with Mica.

During the questioning, Adriano explained that he never purchased the motorcycle. He added that since a young age, he and Mica were close friends as they both lived in the slum.

However, he denied the purchase of the vehicle, claiming that a friend named Marquinhos used his credit card without ever having consulted him.
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