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Miami booster Nevin Shapiro alleges he provided extra benefits to Charlie Jones and had improper recruiting contact during the player's official visit. Among the benefits he claimed to have provided:
- Charlie Jones
Position: Running back
Rivals recruiting rank: Ranked as the No. 57 player overall in the Class of 2004.
Miami career: A part-time starter who showed promise in flashes, Jones lost the starting running back job as a junior and transferred to Memphis for his senior season. He is currently out of football.
• Drinks and VIP access at two Miami Beach nightclubs – Opium Garden and B.E.D. – on the night of Dec. 12, 2003. Shapiro said he arranged for Jones and other Miami players to enter both clubs and paid their bar tabs.
• Shapiro also said he knowingly broke recruiting rules when he met and briefly spoke to Jones in the booster's VIP area at B.E.D. Jones was subsequently quoted in the Miami Herald on Feb. 15, 2004, talking about the nightclub visits. His quotes drew the ire of Shapiro, who asked other players to warn Jones not to speak to the media about events that involved the booster.
• One source confirmed Shapiro arranged for Jones and other players to enter Opium Garden and B.E.D. and paid the bar tabs for each visit.
In Shapiro's words
• "Charlie Jones was part of about 38 guys that I brought into the club. They were specifically dancing on my bed – they give you a bed for bottle service [and] VIP. [Jones] actually mentioned it in the Miami Herald and I got really pissed off that he mentioned it. I mentioned something to a couple of the former players to have a talk with him, because he was just a [incoming] freshman and didn't know better."
Could not be reached for comment.