Allegations: Vernon Carey

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Nevin Shapiro and a second source said this photo of a sleeping Vernon Carey (left) was taken aboard the booster's yacht during a fishing trip in the summer of 2003.

Miami booster Nevin Shapiro alleges he provided a handful of extra benefits to Vernon Carey during his junior and senior seasons. Among the benefits he claimed to have provided:

Vernon Carey
  • Position: Offensive tackle

  • Rivals recruiting rank: None. A Parade and USA Today All-American, Carey was rated the No. 18 player in the country by SuperPrep.

  • Miami career: An instant contributor as a freshman backup on the offensive line, Carey settled in as one of college football’s top offensive tackles by his junior season. After his senior year, he was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 19th pick in the 2004 NFL draft. He is currently a starter for the Dolphins.

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

• Entertainment on Shapiro's $1.6 million yacht.

Corroborating accounts

• Yahoo! Sports has acquired a photo of Carey sleeping on Shapiro's yacht during a fishing trip in the summer of 2003.

In Shapiro's words

• "Vernon Carey was first introduced to me, he came to my house with Bryant McKinnie. Bryant McKinnie was already a pro. Miami had just won the Rose Bowl [following the 2001 season], so yeah, he was going into his junior year."

• "He was part of a few events, private events. He wasn't a club guy so much. But he was at my friend Mark Levinson's bachelor party."


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