An exhaustive investigation by Yahoo! Sports has linked at least 72 former University of Miami athletes to allegations of possible NCAA violations, including Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh and former safety Sean Taylor.
The 11-month investigation alleges the two players were among many athletes who might have received improper gifts and benefits from former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, who’s currently serving time for his involvement in a Ponzi scheme, while playing for the school’s football team.
According to the report, while a student-athlete at Miami, Taylor received a pair of diamond-encrusted dog tags, valued at $26,000 in government documents. Nevin reported his relationship with Taylor to government agents and also paid Taylor $3,000 in bounty money for in-game hits against opposing players and other cash gifts and entertainment.
“He was at my house often,” Shapiro told Yahoo’s Charles Robinson. “He was always at the clubs with us. . . . And I gave him cash so many times I can’t even remember.”
The report alleges that while a student-athlete McIntosh received from Shapiro: $500 in bounty cash, drinks and entertainment at night clubs and on Shapiro’s yacht.
“I don’t know nothing about that,” McIntosh told Yahoo. “I got to go.”