Report: Wilfork, other Hurricanes accepted benefits


Report: Wilfork, other Hurricanes accepted benefits

A Yahoo! Sports investigative report has dropped a bomb on the Miami Hurricanes athletic department today, releasing a detailed report on the illicit benefits a renegade Miami booster supplied to many of the Hurricane's athletes, including current New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork.

Yahoo! has also a link to every allegation against Vince Wilfork.
Some highlights:

The former booster, Nevin Shapiro (now in jail for his role in a 930 million Ponzi scheme), claims he's spent millions from 2002-2010 on Hurricanes athletes on things including, "cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multimilion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play, travel and, on one occasion, an abortion."

Shapiro went public with all of these things because when he was in a time of need, he called upon all these players that he previously had helped out, and none of them came to help him financially. They weren't "family" like he thought.

Shapiro also co-owned a sports agency named Axcess Sports & Entertainment, the same agency that signed Vince Wilfork out of the NFL Draft. He "made payments on behalf of Axcess, including a 50,000 lump sum to Wilfork, as a recruiting tool for the agency."

Shapiro says that his booster lifestyle started when he met Wilfork and junior defensive end Andrew Williams -- he gave them Miami Heat tickets.

Many head coaches at Miami knew about these benefits from Shapiro, and some actively participated in setting some of them up.

"Shapiro said he provided lodging on occasion on his yacht or in his home for players in his inner circle ... including Wilfork."

"The booster said he provided a pair of 50,000 Cadillac Escalades to Wilfork and his fiance shortly after the defensive tackle declared for the draft."

There are pictures of Wilfork with Shapiro in the report.

Bennett to critics: ‘You take a paycut’

Bennett to critics: ‘You take a paycut’

Martellus Bennett is as good at Twitter as he is at football. Add to that the fact that all eyes are on whether the free agent will stay in New England and the @MartysaurusRex account becomes a must-follow. 

On Wednesday, Bennett put his powers to good use and shared a glimpse into his line of thinking regarding free agency.

Bennett, who could very well leave the Pats for more money, responded to a criticism of his desire to get paid and followed it with several more musings. 

Report: Belichick may be called to testify in Hernandez trial

Report: Belichick may be called to testify in Hernandez trial

Bill Belichick, identified as "William Belichick," has been added to the list of potential defense witnesses who could testify during the upcoming double-homicide trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, according to the Boston Herald.

Per the Herald, the new list of potential witnesses for the defense also includes Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who was Hernandez's teammate at the University of Florida. 

Belichick, McDaniels and Pouncey aren't guaranteed to testify, but their presence on the civilian witness list makes their presence in court a possibility. 

Hernandez's trial is scheduled to start next Wednesday. He's accused of killing Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Furtado back in July of 2012. Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of the murder Odin Lloyd in 2013.