Posted by GameSetMatch on 18th August 2011
Devin Hester, the wider receiver for the Chicago Bears, is one of many players named by Nevin Shapiro the booster that has claimed that he gave current and ex University of Miami players cash and gifts. According to Yahoo! Sports, Hester allegedly received multiple cash gifts, tickets to a Miami Heat-Detroit Pistons playoff game, drinks and VIP access at nightclubs, entertainment on Shapiro’s $1.6 million yacht and jet skis, a suit, shoes and other clothing, $7,500 in bounties from game performances, approximately $3,000 for an engagement ring, multiple meals at Miami-area restaurants, food, drinks, entertainment and lodging at Shapiro’s $2.7 million Miami Beach home.
Yahoo! Sports lists the bounties that Hester received as: $1,000 total for a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 38-33 win over Florida on Sept. 6, 2003; $2,500 total for two punt returns for touchdowns in a 48-0 win over Louisiana Tech on Sept. 18, 2004; $2,000 total for two return touchdowns in a 41-38 win over Louisville on Oct. 14, 2004; $1,000 total for a kickoff return for a touchdown in a 45-31 win over N.C. State on Oct. 23, 2004; and $1,000 total for a missed field goal returned for a touchdown in a 27-10 win over Florida on Dec. 31, 2004.
At the end of the day it was more than just Devin Hester who took cash and gifts from Nevin Shapiro. His integrity and loyalty to the rules of the NCAA was invisible, but the bigger problem is on the university and not the individual.