Miami Investigation

Allegations: Orson Charles

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Miami booster Nevin Shapiro alleges he had improper recruiting contact with Orson Charles after the player’s junior year in high school. Among the booster’s allegations:

• Charles visited Shapiro’s $6 million Miami Beach mansion in 2008 with his high school coach Robert Weiner and then-Hurricanes quarterback Robert Marve.

• Shapiro knowingly had impermissible contact when he gave Charles a tour of his home while pitching a potential commitment to Miami. At the time, the Hurricanes were recruiting Charles.

Corroborating accounts

• Two sources corroborated Shapiro’s account of meeting Charles and giving him a tour of his home while delivering a recruiting pitch.

In Shapiro’s words

• “Orson Charles was a tight end out of Plant City [High School] who was Robert Marve’s teammate. And because I had a real close relationship with Robert, Robert’s high school coach, Robert Weiner, came to Miami, Marve brought him to my house and he was with Orson Charles. I showed [Charles] my closet. The reason why I show all the kids my closet is because that’s where I had like 50 to 70 UM game-worn jerseys of all the best players in the last however long. That was our first visit. I saw him a second time and I think it was a Miami football camp.”


Could not be reached for comment through the University of Georgia sports information office.

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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