Allegations: Jonathan Vilma
Jonathan Vilma was one of dozens of Hurricanes players named by Nevin Shapiro in recorded interviews with federal agents. During those interviews, the booster admitted supplying countless benefits to an array of Miami players from 2002 to 2010. Shapiro alleges he provided multiple extra benefits to Vilma during the player’s career with the Hurricanes. Among the benefits he claimed to have provided:
• Food, drinks and entertainment in Shapiro’s $2.7 million Miami Beach home.
• Entertainment on Shapiro’s $1.6 million yacht and personal watercraft.
• $2,250 in bounties. Shapiro said the bounties were: $1,000 for a hit and personal foul penalty by Vilma on Florida State quarterback Chris Rix during Miami’s 28-27 win on Oct. 12, 2002; $250 for a sack in a 38-33 win over Florida on Sept. 6, 2003; and $1,000 for a hit on Rix in a 16-14 win over Florida State on Jan. 1, 2004.
• Cash gifts.
• Drinks and VIP access in nightclubs.
• Meals at Miami-area eateries on multiple occasions.
• One source corroborated Vilma taking multiple trips on Shapiro’s yacht. Yahoo! Sports has also acquired multiple photos showing Vilma on the booster’s yacht on at least two different occasions in 2003.
• One source corroborated Shapiro paying bounties to Vilma.
• One source corroborated Vilma eating dinners with Shapiro on multiple occasions. Yahoo! Sports also acquired two photos of Vilma attending dinners on two different occasions with Shapiro at Japanese steakhouse Benihana. Shapiro and a second source said the booster paid for both meals.
• Two sources corroborated Vilma receiving drinks and VIP access from Shapiro in nightclubs on multiple occasions. Yahoo! Sports also acquired a photo of Vilma sitting with the booster in his VIP section of Opium Garden nightclub in 2003.
• One source corroborated Vilma receiving food, drinks and entertainment at Shapiro’s $2.7 million Miami Beach home on multiple occasions. Yahoo! Sports also acquired photos of Vilma attending the booster’s 34th birthday party with multiple players at his home in 2003.
In Shapiro’s words
• “Jon Vilma was just about the same exact situation as D.J. Williams. [He] was in my house a number of times. I gave him cash, paid bounties to him for hurt quarterbacks – Chris Rix, in particular, from Florida State. And there’s one play specifically [in 2002] where you can see Rix diving for the first down and Vilma pounded him and got thrown a 15-yard penalty for getting in his face. That was part of my [bounty] discussion with him.”
• “I gave him cash any number of times. Clubs, my house, my boat, jet skis, fishing trips – early in the morning, which the whole defensive line would be on. Jon was an avid fisherman.”
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 92 calls or texts between Shapiro and Jon Vilma from February 2009 to February 2010. This is a page showing communication between the booster and a phone number linked to Vilma. PDF file
Did not return a message left on his cell phone.