Thursday, February 23, 2012

Miami Assistant confirms some of Nevin Shapiro's claims

Former UM assistant confirms some allegations by Nevin Shapiro, denies others
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Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro's attorney said some of her client's allegations against UM are confirmed and others are denied in a court deposition.

The attorney for convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro said the NCAA has been given a deposition in which former University of Miami assistant football equipment manager Sean Allen confirmed some of Shapiro’s allegations against UM but denied others.

Shapiro’s attorney, Maria Elena Perez, was permitted to depose Allen and Shapiro’s former business partner Michael Huyghue in mid-December, before UM and the bankruptcy trustee reached an $83,000 settlement days later. 

As part of that agreement, no former UM players can be asked to testify, under oath, about Shapiro. If Perez attempts to depose anyone else involved the case, UM could challenge it legally. And the NCAA has no subpoena power, though current university employees are required to speak to NCAA officials.
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The claims said to have been confirmed included Shapiro's payment of $3,000 for Allen take Ray Ray Armstrong, Dyron Dye and Andre Dubose to a strip club during their UM recruiting trip. Dozens of players took improper gifts from Shapiro through parties at the club Mansion or partying with him on his yacht. Players included Jon Beason, Devin Hester and Kyle Wright.

But Allen denied knowledge of other alleged incidents, such as paying DeQuan Jones’ family $10,000 to ensure that he signed with Miami and Shapiro buying cars or prostitutes for players, as Shapiro alleged in his interviews with Yahoo! Sports investigative reporters.

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