Miami Investigation

Allegations: James Bryant

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Miami booster Nevin Shapiro alleges he provided multiple extra benefits to James Bryant during his career with the Hurricanes. Among the benefits he claimed to have provided:

• Drinks and VIP access at nightclubs on multiple occasions. One such incident included a May 2005 event at Mansion nightclub featuring Jay Z.

• Entertainment on Shapiro’s $1.6 million yacht.

• Food, drinks and entertainment at Shapiro’s $6 million mansion.

• A handful of small cash gifts.

Corroborating account

• Yahoo! Sports acquired Shapiro’s May 2005 American Express black card statement showing a bill of $9,738 on the night the booster said Bryant attended a Mansion nightclub event featuring Jay Z.

In Shapiro’s words

• “James Bryant was involved in partying at nightclubs, hanging out on my boat, hanging out at my house – a, b, c, d, all of the above. … I gave him money a couple of times. Never more than $200, only because he wasn’t a front line player.”


This page from Nevin Shapiro’s May 2005 American Express black card statement shows a bill of $9,738 for Mansion nightclub on May 14, 2005. The former booster identified the night as a Jay Z appearance at the nightclub, in which Shapiro hosted a large group of players in his VIP section and made “more than a dozen” bottles of champagne and multiple bottles of high-end liquor available in his section. One former Miami football player corroborated the event, including his attendance and that of several other players. Shapiro alleged a large contingent of Miami players partied in his VIP area, including Jon Beason, Tavares Gooden, Rocky McIntosh, Brian Monroe, James Bryant, Bryan Pata and Willie Williams. PDF file


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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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