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72 former Miami Hurricanes to get subpoenaed

Posted on: August 30, 2011 3:51 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2011 3:56 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Remember that whole story about the University of Miami and prostitutes and cash gifts to players? Yeah, that was really awkward for a while when NFL reporters had to ask former members of the Hurricanes football team that were named in Yahoo Sports' report about their involvement with Nevin Shapiro, the booster who made the claims while sitting in jail for running a Ponzi scheme.

It's about to get way worse, though, because the 72 named players in the report will be subpoenaed by the bankruptcy trustee in the Shapiro case, Joel Tabas, and requested to pay back the money that they reportedly received from Shapiro at Miami.

"They can't ignore it — it's a subpoena issued by a bankruptcy court," Tabas' attorney Gary Freedman said, per the Miami Herald. "If they ignore it, we will seek an order from the court to compel them to respond. If they don't respond, they will face a contempt order."

Now, things are absolutely going to get escalated for Miami's football program very quickly, as those players, if they answer the subpoena and pay back anything they received, will have admitted to a violation. (More or less anyway.) That's a potential death knell for Miami's football program.

It'll also be awkward for the players, many of whom are currently employed by NFL teams. For starters, they will either a) not answer the subpoena and face legal charges of contempt, b) answer the subpoena and provide information that they received no benefits, c) answer the subpoena and provide misinformation that they received no benefits and face perjury charges or d) answer the subpoena, provide information that they received benefits and admit to committing an NCAA violation.

"I am asking them to fill out an affidavit," Freedman said. "If an athlete gives misinformation, it would be considered perjury."

Does this mean that all the NFL players on the list that Yahoo published -- and there's a substantial number of them -- will be faced with potential discipline stemming from their actions as amateur athletes even though they lost that status a long time ago?

You wouldn't think so, but certain NFL punishments recently meted out hint at a sense of randomness.

And besides, the bigger issue may be any potential illicit activity that those players engaged in, and/or their willingness to return as much as $53,000 to a bankruptcy court for something that happened a long time ago.

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Since: Sep 12, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2011 10:37 pm

72 former Miami Hurricanes to get subpoenaed

Will, give it up. There will be no "death knell" to the U. The only thing that matters are the players on the roster and they met their fates today. Roger Clemens,Barry Bonds, etc, etc. Its not criminal court, its bankruptcy court. You think you would have learned by now with that one sided story from your counterparts at the other site. if they say they received nothing, how are they going to prove it one way or the other? The current players admitted their parts and guess what? They are all playing this season.

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 7:53 pm

72 former Miami Hurricanes to get subpoenaed

Geese, I'm not lawyer but if I'm already an established NFL player I would want everyone who wore the Miami uniform to stand beforethe  judge and say - "Your Honor.  I would like to assert my right to plead the fifth ammendement". 

Go after the people that exploit college athletes and coaches or universities that turn a blind eye and let it continue to happen. 

Fix the broken system!  Stop talking about honor and integrity for a college athlete that has nothing and start talking about honor and integrity for colege coaches and universities that promise the world to athletes if they play for their schools.  Empty promises and ridiculous recruiting tactics allow for coaches and universities to have a shady character(s) give star players women, clothes, cars money, etc.  Start at the top and fix it!  Otherwise, stop griping about it!

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 4:59 pm

72 former Miami Hurricanes to get subpoenaed

HAHA!!!   72 of those punks get subpoenaed!   Love it!   Better not lie!   Barry Bonds anyone?

Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2011 3:53 pm
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