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Nevin Shapiro said this photo was taken in his VIP section on the night of Oct. 31, 2008, during a Halloween party at Cameo Theatre in Miami Beach. From left to right are Eric Moncur, Shapiro, Gavin Hardin and Randy Phillips.
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Randy Phillips 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 Phillips during the player’s career with the Hurricanes. Among the benefits he claimed to have provided:

• A dinner at Japanese steakhouse Benihana and strip club visit to The Cheetah in 2008, in which Shapiro paid for drinks and private entertainment in a VIP area for Phillips and multiple Hurricanes players.

• Drinks and VIP access in nightclubs on multiple occasions. On one such night, Shapiro said he was accompanied by Phillips, Eric Moncur and Gavin Hardin to a Halloween party at Miami Beach’s Cameo Theatre. Shapiro said he attended the party dressed as the character “Brad ‘B-Rad’ Gluckman” from the movie “Malibu’s Most Wanted.” The booster said Phillips, Moncur and Hardin were dressed as the bodyguard characters from the movie, and that the foursome racked up a bill “in the thousands” on drinks in their VIP area.

• Food, drinks and entertainment at Shapiro’s $6 million Miami Beach mansion on multiple occasions.

• Lunches and dinners at Miami Beach’s Prime 112, Grazie and other area eateries on multiple occasions. Shapiro said one such meal was a lunch at Smith & Wollensky in Miami Beach on March 30, 2008, totaling $532. Shapiro said Phillips attended the lunch, along with prospect Bryce Brown – who was being recruited heavily by the Hurricanes at the time – Brown’s older brother Arthur Brown, Brown’s parents and Brown family adviser Brian Butler.

• Shopping trips to Target and Toys R Us, where Shapiro bought items for Phillips and gifts for the player’s son. Shapiro said one such trip took place in October 2009, when the booster said he rung up a $1,500 bill at Target purchasing items for himself, Phillips and the player’s son. Shapiro said about half of the charges were purchases for Phillips and the player’s son.

• Cash gifts on multiple occasions.

• Shapiro also alleged he used his influence with the Miami Beach police department to keep Phillips from getting arrested for driving with a suspended license.

• Pool tournaments for cash at Shapiro’s home.

Nevin Shapiro said this photo of Randy Phillips was taken in the booster’s VIP section on the night of Oct. 31, 2008, during a Halloween party at Cameo Theatre in Miami Beach.

Corroborating accounts

• One source corroborated Phillips and other Miami players receiving a dinner at Benihana and a strip club visit to The Cheetah in 2008 which was paid for by Shapiro.

• One source corroborated Phillips attending a dinner with Shapiro at Miami Beach steakhouse Prime 112.

• One source corroborated Shapiro providing Phillips with drinks and VIP access in nightclubs on several occasions.

• Yahoo! Sports acquired a copy of statements from Shapiro’s American Express black card showing a $2,000 charge from Cameo Theatre on Nov. 1, 2008. The charges were carried over from the night of Oct. 31.

• Yahoo! Sports acquired a photo of Shapiro with Phillips, Hardin and Moncur which the booster said was taken at Cameo, showing the four men dressed in their costumes. A second photo acquired by Yahoo! Sports also shows Phillips dancing with a woman that same night, in what Shapiro says is the booster’s VIP section.

• Yahoo! Sports also acquired multiple photos from October 2008 of Shapiro in his VIP section at Miami Beach’s Dolce Ultra Lounge. Phillips appears in two of the photos sitting in what Shapiro says is his VIP section. Robert Marve also appears in a handful of the photos, as well as basketball assistant coaches Jake Morton and Jorge Fernandez.

• Yahoo! Sports acquired credit card records from Shapiro’s American Express black card, showing a $532 charge at Smith & Wollensky on March 30, 2008.

• Yahoo! Sports acquired the October 2009 statement of Shapiro’s Discover card, which lists a $1,572.15 charge at Target.

• Yahoo! Sports acquired Shapiro’s September 2008 American Express black card and American Express Platinum card statements showing three charges totaling $2,114.18 from Sept. 13 to Sept. 15 at Lucky Strike Lanes. This is where the booster held his “bowling for dollars” events.

• Yahoo! Sports acquired Shapiro’s August 2006 American Express Platinum card and February 2007 American Express black card statements showing charges of $926.50 and $1,099.32, respectively, for Grazie dinners Shapiro said were attended by Phillips and multiple players.

• Drinks and VIP access at nightclubs on multiple occasions. One such night included an October 2008 night after a home loss to Florida State, in which the booster took Marve and others to Cameo Theater.

In Shapiro’s words

• “Randy Phillips was like a son to me – not even a little brother. I took him under my wing when he first came to the school. There was something about him that I liked as a player. He was taking Antrel Rolle’s number, which was six. They played the same position and I wanted him to do well. His first night out with me, I took him to a club. It was just him and I and my security guards. I ordered about five bottles of champagne. I inevitably left, told my security guys to make sure he got home all right and I left. After that, I was very close to Randy for years.”

• “He was actually the queen bee who introduced me to everybody of this most recent crop while he’s been there for those five years. I actually gave Randy a key to my house – a controller to open the garage and come into my house. I’ve given him cash a number of times. He had been pulled over by the Miami Beach police on two different occasions. I called in a favor immediately and he was not arrested, because he had a suspended driver’s license. He went to dinner with me, lunch with me [and] was really part of my family.”

Nevin Shapiro said this photo was taken in his VIP section at Miami Beach’s Dolce Ultra Lounge in October 2008. Randy Phillips can be seen standing to the left in the yellow shirt.
Nevin Shapiro said this photo was taken in his VIP section at Miami Beach’s Dolce Ultra Lounge in October 2008. Along the left margin, Randy Phillips is seated in a yellow shirt. Shapiro, whose attire can be identified in other pictures from that night, is seated next to Phillips in blue.
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Documents

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 163 calls or texts between Shapiro and Randy Phillips from January 2010 to the booster’s incarceration in April 2010 . This is a page showing communication between the booster and a phone number linked to Phillips. PDF file

Shapiro’s March 2008 statement from his American Express black card shows a trio of charges totaling $1,642.19 which the booster says are linked to multiple NCAA violations. Shapiro said he broke rules by paying for hotel rooms for the family of then-Miami linebacker Arthur Brown, one-time Hurricanes recruit Bryce Brown, and Brown family adviser Brian Butler. Shapiro said he also paid for a $532 lunch at Miami Beach’s Smith & Wollensky which was attended by Arthur, Bryce, the parents of the Brown brothers, Butler and Miami player Randy Phillips. PDF file

This page from Shapiro’s October 2008 American Express black card statement shows a $2,000 charge to Miami Beach nightclub Cameo Theatre, for alcohol the booster charged in his VIP section with Hurricanes players Randy Phillips, Gavin Hardin and Eric Moncur. It matches up with a Halloween party Shapiro said he attended with the three players. Yahoo! Sports also has a photo taken that night of Shapiro with the three players. PDF file

This page from Shapiro’s August 2006 American Express Platinum card statement shows a charge of $926.50 that the booster identified as a preseason dinner at Miami Beach eatery Grazie. Shapiro said he attended the dinner and paid for the meals of seven players: Randy Phillips, Calais Campbell, Bryan Pata, Eric Moncur, Courtney Harris, Anthony Reddick and Reggie Youngblood. An employee from Grazie declined to give specific accounts of meals but confirmed to Yahoo! Sports that Shapiro regularly brought Hurricanes players into the eatery to dine. PDF file

This page from Shapiro’s October 2008 American Express Platinum card statement shows a charge of $1,610.51 which the booster identified as a tab for alcohol in his VIP section at Cameo following Miami’s home loss to Florida State that season. Shapiro said he entertained at least five players in his section that night, including Robert Marve, Randy Phillips, Jacory Harris, Dedrick Epps and Gavin Hardin. PDF file

These pages from Shapiro’s September 2008 American Express black card and American Express Platinum card statements show three charges totaling $2,114.18 from Sept. 13 to Sept. 15, for a series of “bowling for dollars” events with Miami football players at the upscale Lucky Strike Lanes. The tab covered drinks, food and bowling, and the charges on Sept. 15 were for a bill spanning the evening of the 14th and the early morning of the 15th. Shapiro said he held the tournaments, which paid cash to winning teams, in the off week between road games against Florida and Texas A&M. He said multiple players were in attendance, including Marcus Forston, Sean Spence, Aldarius Johnson, Randy Phillips, Travis Benjamin and JoJo Nicolas. PDF file

This page from Shapiro’s February 2007 American Express black card statement shows a charge of $1,099.32 that the booster identified as a postseason dinner at Miami Beach eatery Grazie. Shapiro said he attended the dinner and paid for the meals of at least five players: Randy Phillips, Calais Campbell, Courtney Harris, Anthony Reddick and Orlando Franklin (who was a redshirting freshman at the time). An employee from Grazie declined to give specific accounts of meals but confirmed to Yahoo! Sports that Shapiro regularly brought Hurricanes players into the eatery to dine. PDF file

Response

Did not return phone and text messages seeking 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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