Allegations: Cornelius Green

Charles Robinson
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From left to right, Howard Clark, Cornelius Green and Nevin Shapiro on the field after the 56-45 win over Virginia Tech on December 7, 2002. The win put Miami into the national championship game.
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Cornelius Green was one of multiple Hurricanes players named by Nevin Shapiro in documented interviews with federal agents. During those interviews, the booster admitted supplying benefits to Miami players from 2002 to 2010. Shapiro said he began giving benefits to Green in 2002. Among the benefits allegedly provided:

• A television from BrandsMart USA for an apartment shared by Green, Jerome McDougle and Andrew Williams.

• Multiple cash gifts.

• A $500 bounty for holding Tennessee to a field goal after the Volunteers had a first-and-goal at Miami's 4-yard line. The game – played on Nov. 9, 2002 – ended in a 26-3 win for the Hurricanes.

• Meals at Miami-area restaurants.

• VIP access and drinks in nightclubs on multiple occasions.

• Food, drinks, entertainment and lodging at Shapiro's $2.7 million Miami Beach home.

• A Mercedes S500 in mid-November of Green's senior year, with Shapiro making the lease payments.

Corroborating accounts

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Nevin Shapiro and a second source said this photo was taken in April 2003, during Shapiro’s 34th birthday celebration at his $2.7 million Miami Beach home. From left to right are D.J. Williams, Orien Harris and Cornelius Green.

• A second source corroborated Green and his roommates receiving a television that Shapiro purchased at BrandSmart USA.

• A second source corroborated Green receiving cash gifts from Shapiro.

• A second source corroborated Green driving Shapiro's Mercedes S500 during his senior year.

• Three sources corroborated Green receiving food, drinks, entertainment and lodging at Shapiro's home. Yahoo! Sports also acquired multiple photos of Green at Shapiro's home.

• A second source corroborated Green receiving a bounty payment from Shapiro.

• A second source corroborated Green receiving meals at Miami restaurants which were paid by Shapiro. Yahoo! Sports also acquired a photo of Green and several other Miami players with Shapiro at Japanese steakhouse Benihana. Shapiro and a second source said the photo was taken during the 2002 season and that the booster paid for the meal.

• Three sources corroborated Green receiving VIP access and drinks paid for by Shapiro in nightclubs.

In Shapiro's words

• "Cash, bounties, family events – Cornelius was there for everything. I inevitably gave him a Mercedes S500 around the second week of November his senior year to drive out a lease. My friend's father gave it to me and inevitably died a few weeks later, but I took over the car [payments]."

• "I would have to say he was probably the chief accomplice in every single event that I ever threw at the University of Miami."

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From left to right, Nevin Shapiro, D.J. Williams and Cornelius Green on the back of Shapiro’s $1.6 million yacht in the summer of 2003.

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This photo was taken at Miami’s team awards banquet following the 2002 season. From left to right are Cornelius Green, Nevin Shapiro and Andrew Williams.

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From left to right, Cornelius Green, Nevin Shapiro and Jamaal Green at an Axcess Sports agency function in 2003. Shapiro owned 30 percent of the agency with then-agent and current UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue.

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Nevin Shapiro and a second source said this photo was taken in the summer of 2002, at the booster’s $2.7 million Miami Beach home. From left to right: Jerome McDougle, Cornelius Green and Andrew Williams.

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Nevin Shapiro and a second source said this photo was taken at a dinner paid by the booster at Japanese steakhouse Benihana during the Hurricanes’ 2002 season. From left to right are Jonathan Vilma, Cornelius Green, Shapiro, Andrew Williams and D.J. Williams.

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Cornelius Green (left) with Nevin Shapiro at the player’s graduation ceremony in December 2002.

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Cornelius Green with Nevin Shapiro’s dog in the booster’s $2.7 million home in 2002.

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Cornelius Green (left) and Nevin Shapiro (right) at the first communion of one of Shapiro’s nephews.
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Response

Did not respond to a phone call and did not have voicemail.