Allegations: D.J. Williams
Miami booster Nevin Shapiro alleges he provided multiple extra benefits to D.J. Williams during the player’s career with the Hurricanes. Among the benefits he claimed to have provided:
• Food, drinks and entertainment at his $2.7 million Miami Beach home on multiple occasions.
• Cash gifts.
• A $250 bounty for a sack in a 38-33 win over Florida on Sept. 6, 2003.
• Entertainment on the booster’s $1.6 million yacht and personal watercraft.
• A trip for Williams’ mother to Miami, where she was entertained on the booster’s yacht and met Shapiro’s sports agency partner – then-NFL agent and current UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue.
• Meals at Miami-area restaurants on multiple occasions.
• One source corroborated Williams having been entertained on Shapiro’s yacht and personal watercraft on multiple occasions. Yahoo! Sports also acquired multiple photos showing Williams on Shapiro’s yacht on at least four different occasions.
• One source corroborated Shapiro giving Williams cash gifts.
• One source corroborated Shapiro having paid for Williams’ mother to travel to Miami, and being entertained on the booster’s yacht and personal watercraft. Yahoo! Sports also acquired one photo of Williams’ mother on Shapiro’s yacht, and a second photo of her riding his personal watercraft with Leon Williams.
• Yahoo! Sports also acquired a photo of Williams at a dinner at Japanese steakhouse Benihana with Shapiro and other players during the 2002 season. Shapiro and a second source said the meal was paid for by the booster.
• Yahoo! Sports acquired multiple photos showing Williams and his younger brother Worrell at Shapiro’s home during the booster’s 34th birthday party in April 2003. Worrell Williams was being recruited by Miami at the time of the party.
In Shapiro’s words
• “D.J. Williams was introduced to me through Cornelius Green. We met for the first time outside of Penrod’s [Beach Club], which was Nikki Beach. … He started to coming to my house often. Inevitably we got real close. I gave him cash a number of times. I considered us friends.”
• “I set up an introduction with him and Michael Huyghue. I do remember they met. I know that [D.J.] brought in his mom on one trip, which I paid for. And she met Michael Huyghue as well. … [He] was on my boat and my jet skis. There actually was one occasion he was stuck with his girlfriend from California in the middle of the ocean [on a jet ski] and they were waiting on like the Coast Guard to rescue them and we found them right before it got dark.”
Nevin 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 77 calls or texts between Shapiro and D.J. Williams from October 2003 to October 2009. These are two pages showing communication between the booster and two phone numbers linked to Williams. PDF file
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