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Allegations: Antrel Rolle

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Nevin Shapiro and a second source said this photo was taken in the booster’s VIP section of a club in 2004. Antrel Rolle is pictured at the right margin dancing with a female companion. Behind him, standing in a dark shirt and glasses, is one of Shapiro’s former bodyguards.
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Antrel Rolle was one of dozens of Hurricanes players named by Nevin Shapiro in recorded interviews with federal agents. During those interviews, the booster admitted supplying benefits to an array of Miami players from 2002 to 2010. Shapiro alleges he provided multiple extra benefits to Rolle starting in the player’s sophomore year and lasting through his final college game. Among the benefits he claimed to have provided:

• A $7,500 Jacob the Jeweler watch from Buchwald Jewelers.

• Multiple cash gifts totaling in the thousands of dollars.

• Multiple trips to both nightclubs and strip clubs where Shapiro paid for VIP access, drinks and entertainment.

• $1,500 in bounties. One bounty of $1,000 was for Rolle shutting down Georgia Tech wideout (and former Miami recruiting target) Calvin Johnson in a 27-3 win over Georgia Tech on Oct. 2, 2004. A second bounty of $500 was for a game-sealing interception in a 41-38 win over Louisville on Oct. 14, 2004.

• Trips on Shapiro’s $1.6 million yacht.

• Food, drinks and entertainment at Shapiro’s $2.7 million Miami Beach home.

• Transportation from Shapiro’s bodyguards to and from nightclubs and strip clubs.

• Shapiro also told federal agents in taped interviews that his former partner in Axcess Sports – then-NFL agent and current UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue – told him that he had paid Rolle approximately $40,000 while he was playing for the Hurricanes. According to a summary document acquired by Yahoo! Sports, Shapiro told federal agents that he also had a direct conversation with Rolle in which the player affirmed receiving the money from Huyghue and that he planned to repay it. Shapiro also told federal agents that current Miami staffer Sean Allen also had knowledge of Huyghue paying Rolle.

Corroborating accounts

Nevin Shapiro and a second source said this photo was taken in April 2003, during Shapiro’s 34th birthday celebration at his $2.7 million Miami Beach home. From left to right are Orien Harris, Marcus Maxey, Javon Nanton and Antrel Rolle.

• Two sources corroborated Rolle having been on Shapiro’s yacht on multiple occasions. Yahoo! Sports also obtained a photo of Rolle in one of the bedrooms of the booster’s yacht.

• Two sources corroborated Rolle receiving VIP access, drinks and entertainment in nightclubs and strip clubs from Shapiro. Yahoo! Sports also acquired a photo of Rolle in Shapiro’s VIP section of a club in 2004.

• Two sources corroborated Rolle receiving food, drinks and entertainment at Shapiro’s $2.7 million Miami Beach home. Yahoo! Sports also obtained a photo of Rolle attending Shapiro’s 34th birthday party at the home in April  2003.

• One source corroborated Shapiro having given Rolle cash gifts.

• One source corroborated Shapiro’s bodyguards transporting Rolle to and from nightclubs and strip clubs.

In Shapiro’s words

• “Antrel Rolle was, I would say one of [four] guys who I considered closest. The other three would have been Vince Wilfork, Randy Phillips and Jon Beason. Antrel came up to me at a charity function that the University of Miami football team threw. He introduced himself to me and said, ‘I want to get in on all the action. How can I hang out? Let me give you my number.’ “

• “When you’re talking about violations he was about as bad as it gets. For starters, I bought him a $7,500 Jacob the Jeweler watch from Buchwald Jewelers in the Seybold Building. I supplied cash, strip joints. …. Probably the most significant violation would be Michael Huyghue financed Antrel to the tune of about $40,000 in cash while he was at the University of Miami.”

Nevin Shapiro and a second source said this photo was taken in one of the bedrooms aboard the booster’s $1.6 million yacht in 2003. Antrel Rolle (in red shorts) is wrestling with Carl Walker.
Nevin Shapiro and a second source said this picture of Antrel Rolle was taken at an unknown date at the booster’s $6 million mansion. Rolle was playing in the NFL at the time of the photograph.
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Documents

Shapiro’s cell phone providers condensed his calling records from 2002 to 2008 and deleted the booster’s text messaging records prior to 2009. Despite a significant portion of his records being expunged, Yahoo! Sports was able to identify 307 calls or texts between Shapiro and Antrel Rolle from 2004 to March 2010. These are four pages showing communication between the booster and four phone numbers linked to Rolle. PDF file

Response

A woman reached at Rolle’s phone number said the player had no comment.

Charles Robinson is the senior investigative reporter for Yahoo! Sports. Follow him on Twitter. Send Charles a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.
Updated Tuesday, Aug 16, 2011

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