By: Derek Havens
New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork issued a statement via Twitter on Wednesday evening regarding a Yahoo! Sports report on Tuesday that named Wilfork as one of several University of Miami players who received improper benefits from booster Nevin Shapiro.
The All-Pro lineman issued the following statement on his Twitter page @Wilfork75 –
“I am aware of the report that has claims that involve me while at the U. While the NCAA and the U conduct their investigations @Mrs75 and I believe that it is not appropriate for us to comment. Thanks for your continued support and confidence in me.”
@Mrs75 is Bianca Wilfork’s twitter account, wife of the Pats defensive stalwart.
Nevin Shapiro, convicted ponzi scheme architect, told Yahoo! Sports he provided benefits to dozens of Miami athletes.
According to the report, Wilfork received a $50,000 lump sum payment during his junior season. Shapiro went on to say that payment was made to secure Wilfork’s commitment to Shapiro’s sports agency, and he received other benefits including a “bounty” for sacks.
Wilfork played at Miami from 2001 to 2004, and was selected by the Patriots with the 21st pick in the 2004 draft.
Obviously this story has attracted a lot of attention nation-wide and for good reason. While I am not surprised by the allegations, the story is certainly news worthy. As more details are revealed as the investigation continues, I will be sure to post updates. Stay tuned.
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