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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: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:24 pm

72 former Miami Hurricanes to get subpoenaed

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Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:43 am
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Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2011 2:07 pm

72 former Miami Hurricanes to get subpoenaed

What will be interesting, considering this suspension of Pryor, will the former Miami players who are now pros be suspended by the NFL?  This would only be fair if they did receive bribes/payments and whatever the NCAA punishment would be should be enforced ipso facto according to the recent decision against Pryor.  This whole thing will be an interesting watch for if I were Pryors attorney/agent I would be filing some sort of motion to ensure that my client does not get separate and unequal treatment.  This will also have far reaching ramafications for the future also. 

Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2011 1:55 pm

72 former Miami Hurricanes to get subpoenaed

My opinion is that this guy is now using the courts for another ponzi scam.  If he gifted these items in an illegal manner how can he recoup them?  And since when can you be taken to court for someone gifting you?  And if they are bribes isnt that illegal too?  the head line says cash gifts so aslong as it wssnt attached to an agreement of some sort they shouldnt have to return their gifts.  But if Sharpio dude said hey I'll gift you 10 grand if you do this for it ,  then thats illegal.  The NFl to punish these guys is another joke.  Thats like if you cheated in grammar school on a test and then in high school you get punished for it.  Maybe we should look at all owners past and see what they have done wrong and punish them for it now.  I am sure goodell has not been an angel all of his life, Anybody have anything on him so we could have him punished too. 

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:08 am

72 former Miami Hurricanes to get subpoenaed

Can't wait, in 4 years from now, this will be Cam Newton and his dad. Just erase where it says U of Miami, and insert Auburn

Since: Aug 29, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:01 am

72 former Miami Hurricanes to get subpoenaed

Just another waste of taxpayer money...... what else is new?

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2011 2:12 am

72 former Miami Hurricanes to get subpoenaed

As bad as things look now, this situation is going to get uglier.  We will get to see how strong the "U"-code is when former players start ratting out each other to save their own butts.

As for Shapiro, I find it very hard to believe he thought he was making friends with these players.  These players are adolescents.  They just know they are getting favors for being athletes and they feel entitled to the good things in life.  Shapiro was giving them money, clothes, jewelry, tickets etc and he was getting nothing in return.  Now, he is crying like a jilted lover.  I don't know where Shapiro is serving time, but he should consider serving in a maximum security prison because there is going to be a bounty on him.  Turnabout is seen as fair play.

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2011 10:59 pm

72 former Miami Hurricanes to get subpoenaed

If i were 16,17 or 18 years old and offered the same treatment as rockstars I would have probably accepted it too.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2011 10:53 pm

72 former Miami Hurricanes to get subpoenaed

This is a waste of time... What's next going after Eric Dickerson and Craig James for things during their time at SMU????  I kknow they need to regulate things in the NCAA but going after players for this is a waste of the courts time...  I hope Shapiro meets a BIG Miami fan in prison and ends up as his girlfriend...

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