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Report: 'U' Scandal implicates some NFL players

Posted on: August 16, 2011 7:18 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2011 11:48 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

UPDATE: 7:40 p.m. ET: Via CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Brian London: "The university released the following statement reacting to a Yahoo Sports story alleging extra benefits provided by former booster Nevin Shapiro: 'As stated [Tuesday] morning, the University of Miami takes any allegations seriously, and will continue to cooperate fully in a joint investigation with the NCAA.'"

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A former University of Miami booster has admitted that he provided thousands of impermissible benefits to at least 72 athletes for an eight-year period beginning in 2002, Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson reported Tuesday, including former and current NFL players.

Nevin Shapiro, who is now incarcerated for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme, provided Yahoo! Sports more than 100 hours of behind-bars interviews over an 11-month period.

According to Robinson, "Shapiro described a sustained, eight-year run of rampant NCAA rule-breaking, some of it with the knowledge or direct participation of at least seven coaches from the Miami football and basketball programs. At a cost that Shapiro estimates in the millions of dollars, he said his benefits to athletes included but were not limited to: cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play (including bounties for injuring opposing players), travel and on one occasion, an abortion."

Miami Hurricanes Scandal

Robinson writes that in order to substantiate Shapiro's claims, Yahoo! Sports "audited approximately 20,000 pages of financial and business records from his bankruptcy case, more than 5,000 pages of cell phone records, multiple interview summaries tied to his federal Ponzi case, and more than 1,000 photos. Nearly 100 interviews were also conducted with individuals living in six different states. In the process, documents, photos and 21 human sources – including nine former Miami players or recruits, and one former coach – corroborated multiple parts of Shapiro’s rule-breaking."

The wide-ranging report identifies many former Hurricanes now playing in the NFL. According to Shapiro, Jonathan Vilma "tried to kill" then-Florida State QB Chris Rix in an effort to earn a $5,000 bounty. Tavares Gooden and Antrel Rolle allegedly received watches as gifts, Devin Hester received an engagement ring, and Shapiro spent "thousands of dollars on clothing" for Hester, Gooden and Willis McGahee.

Robinson reports that Shapiro bought plane tickets for two of McGahee's friends to attend the 2002 Heisman Trophy ceremony, and flew DJ Williams' mother from California to Miami to spend time with her son and meet Shapiro's partner at the sports agency he co-owned, Michael Huyghue, who is currently the UFL commissioner.

Shapiro explained to Yahoo! Sports that he is now coming forward primarily because of "his feeling that after spending eight years forging what he thought were legitimate friendships with players, he was abandoned by many of the same Miami athletes he treated so well."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:27 pm
 

Report: 'U' Scandal implicates some NFL players



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Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Report: 'U' Scandal implicates some NFL players

Good grief, the basketball players at Minnesota were having other students write papers for them.  They were cheating!  Considering that the primary purpose of college is academic growth for students, academic fraud is the worst violation there is. 
If Im wrong then Im wrong and please set me straight (im being honest) but I thought in the end, all they found was the coach or AD gave money to girl to tutor some of the dummies.  Not did their exams or whatever else the girl claimed.  Is that not true? 

The story in this Sports Illustrated article is what I remember:





Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Report: 'U' Scandal implicates some NFL players

Good grief, the basketball players at Minnesota were having other students write papers for them.  They were cheating!  Considering that the primary purpose of college is academic growth for students, academic fraud is the worst violation there is. 
If Im wrong then Im wrong and please set me straight (im being honest) but I thought in the end, all they found was the coach or AD gave money to girl to tutor some of the dummies.  Not did their exams or whatever else the girl claimed.  Is that not true? 



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Report: 'U' Scandal implicates some NFL players

Cheaters always lose in the end. I wonder who's next, Oklahoma, Alabama, Auburn, Oregon, TCU, Stanford, Wisconsin, LSU...It looks like the NCAA is starting at the top of the food chain and making a list. Michigan with RR, OSU with Tressel and Pryor and who knows who else, and now Miami. Everybody better be prepared because the fire is moving their way.
This is like the Fab 5 all over again.



Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Report: 'U' Scandal implicates some NFL players

Cheaters always lose in the end. I wonder who's next, Oklahoma, Alabama, Auburn, Oregon, TCU, Stanford, Wisconsin, LSU...It looks like the NCAA is starting at the top of the food chain and making a list. Michigan with RR, OSU with Tressel and Pryor and who knows who else, and now Miami. Everybody better be prepared because the fire is moving their way.



Since: Sep 19, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Report: 'U' Scandal implicates some NFL players

Shocking



Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Report: 'U' Scandal implicates some NFL players

lets not forget he wined and dined and iced them up with money he swindled from everyday people.

and why am i not shocked that another program is gonna get pinched.



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2011 11:09 am
 

Report: 'U' Scandal implicates some NFL players

Good thing we made an example of Minnesota for letting their basketball players get tutored by other students on campus....

Damn filthy cheaters need to be taught a lesson..... 


Are you a professional spin doctor?  Get "tutored" by other students on campus?  Good grief, the basketball players at Minnesota were having other students write papers for them.  They were cheating!  Considering that the primary purpose of college is academic growth for students, academic fraud is the worst violation there is.  Obviously the booster slush funds for players are also dispicable major violations as well, but I wouldn't try to take the angle that Minnesota got nailed by the NCAA for cheating and is somehow superior to Miami who were getting wined and dined and iced up by some clown in Miami.


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