Posts Tagged ‘University of Miami’

Miami booster may have broken NCAA record for paying players

August 17, 2011

BOOSTER/PONZI SCHEMER NEVIN SHAPIRO POSES FOR A PHOTO WITH FORMER MIAMI PLAYER KELLEN WINSLOW JR. AND HIS GRAPEFRUIT SIZED TESTICLES

It turns out that The U had The Yacht.

A convicted ponzi schemer, who bilked investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars, is seeking to cut a deal with the feds. Nevin Shapiro is singing like a canary. Shapiro stole over $900 million. He claims he gave University of Miami football players cash, jewelry, prostitutes and in at least one case paid for an abortion. At least 72 athletes received millions of dollars from Shapiro according to one report. Numerous media sourcestalked about Shapiro’s mega-sized yact that he lent to players.

In a nearly yearlong investigation, Yahoo! Sports found proof of at least 72 football players receiving money and gifts  from Shapiro. They have reviewed 20,000 pages of Shapiro’s finacial and business records and 5,000 pages of his cell phone records. Shapiro also turned over photos and receipts.

Before he was sent off to prison, Shapiro maintained a highly visible profile and was photographed with numerous luminaries from The U including former players like Kellen Winslow Jr. and University of Miami President Donna Shalala.

OH, LOOK. IT’S SHAPIRO HANDING UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI PRESIDENT AND FORMER CLINTON CABINET OFFICIAL DONNA SHALALA A “FUND RAISING” CHECK FOR $50,000

CATHOLICS VS CONVICTS TO RETURN?

May 15, 2010

Notre Dame and the University of Miami may renew their classic  college football football rivalry. The two schools played during the late 80’s.

SHOCKER: BIGGEST CRIMINAL IN NCAA HISTORY GETS ARRESTED

September 1, 2009

Willie Williams

WILLIE WILLIAMS

When you’re too big of a criminal for “The U” it’s probably time to look in the mirror. Florida high school football legend Willie Williams was arrested recently and charged with burglarizing some $18,000 worth of cash and valuables from a home in Georgia.

The arrest is just the most recent brush with the law for Williams. Despite being the most highly recruited football player in the country, Williams was arrested 11 times in high school. Nonetheless, he was given a full scholarship at the University of Miami. Williams’ Hurricanes biography talks about how highly recruited he was. Right before he got kicked out of school.

Williams ended up going to five colleges in five years. Despite having NFL talent, he ended up making more news IN court than on the football field. Today’s Miami Herald counts up at least 17 arrests for Williams.

Despite his criminal record, Williams managed to set a record with 144 tackles at tiny Union College in Kentucky. He entered this year’s NFL Draft but went unclaimed by every team. Williams recently did an interview with Yahoo! Sports where he said he was attempting to play in the new UFL football league.

Instead, Williams may face up to 20 years in prison.

 

Image: Willie Williams

WILLIE WILLIAMS IN HANDCUFFS (AS USUAL)

AWKWARD: UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI NAMES BASEBALL FIELD AFTER ALEX RODRIGUEZ THE SAME WEEK AS STEROIDS CONTROVERSY

February 15, 2009

ALEX RODRIGUEZ

This has arguably been the worst week of Alex Rodriguez’s life. The New York Yankees superstar had his reputation tarnished forever by a Sports Illustrated espose revealing his use of illegal performance enhancing drugs. He even had baseball commissioner Bud Selig say he has “shamed the game.”

However, none of that has stopped the University of Miami from honoring the disgraced A-Rod by naming their baseball field after him. And, unlike the multitude of criminals who actually attended The U, Alex Rodriguez never did. A-Rod skipped college ball after being the nation’s number one draft pick out of high school by the Seattle Mariners.

Rodriguez still has ties to the Miami area. It’s his home town and he still lives there in the offseason. He was even working out in the University of Miami weight room when he was nailed for an interview by SI’s Selena Roberts in her now infamous article.

Despite the controversy, Rodriguez has still not abandoned the university. Nor, have they abandoned him. You might believe it would be difficult for an institution of higher learning to honor an individual just days after he was revealed as being one of the world’s most notorious users of illegal drugs. Not so. The New York Times attended the banquet where the University of Miami paid tribute to A-Rod and honored him with his own field. Hurricanes coach Jim Morris didn’t seem at all uncomfortable when he said,

 

 

“Alex Rodriguez Park. I like that…I think the people who are coming here tonight are going to be positive.” Morris added that Rodriguez had ” done so much good.”

 

 

When the Times asked him what he would tell his players about Alex Rodriguez’s drug use Morris replied,

 

 

 

“With my players I’ve only addressed the fact that Alex is probably the hardest worker of anybody around.”

 

 

 

The U athletic department gave up long ago even pretending to care about ethics over winning in their sports programs.