University of Miami Scandal: Sen. Joe Abruzzo Asks Florida Attorney General to Investigate the NCAA

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State Sen. Joe Abruzzo has jumped headfirst into the NCAA-versus-UM fracas.

Abruzzo, a Democrat, has sent a formal letter to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to investigate the NCAA for its tainted investigation of the University of Miami.

The letter notes how the NCAA enforcement staff violated its own rules by behaving in a corrupt manner while investigating The U, such as improper payments to Nevin Shapiro, the UM booster currently imprisoned for orchestrating a $930 million Ponzi scheme.

Shapiro has accused The U of violating NCAA rules involving more than 100 players.

The NCAA investigation has since been plagued by its own scandal -- it paid thousands of dollars to Shapiro's lawyer to, as Abruzzo's letter puts it, "gain subpoenaed witness testimony in a bankruptcy case, so that the forbidden information could be used in its investigation."

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Abruzzo also cc'd U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in the letter.

Below is an excerpt:

Among other acts of wrongdoing, the NCAA was so desperate to gather evidence against the University of Miami that it made improper payments to a convicted con artist and his lawyer for information that it was not allowed to obtain. The NCAA, which does not have subpoena power, paid thousands of dollars to the con artist's lawyer to gain subpoenaed witness testimony in a bankruptcy case, so that the forbidden information could be used in its investigation. Not only does this abuse the bankruptcy process, but it clearly circumvented the limits of the NCAA's authority. All of these improper activities occurred in South Florida, within the jurisdiction of your economic crimes division.

You can read the full letter on the next page.

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The NOA was sent and NOTHING in it could be corroborated by anyone other than that Ponzi-scheming, con artist, convicted felon - so because of him, this program, these current coaches and these current kids should suffer MORE? Get f**ked. 

The NCAA is off the rails. An absolute trainwreck of an organization and a monopoly with no accountability or checks & balances system. They go rogue and do whatever the f**k they want and it's time they go down. 

As for your precious tax dollars, please. There are about a zillion bigger wastes of money tax-wise in the Sunshine State than fighting the corrupt NCAA. Plus, how much are you really paying into the system when your day consists of asking people if they want to Super Size or want fries with their meal? Get lost, shitbreath.


what a waste of tax payers money. UM is guilty and self imposed admitting their guilt. Take your medicine!!!



Sad how your shallow thinking is. Miami did take thier medicine as you say. That does not allow a governing body whose job it is to hold college athletics in compliance to break the law. You cant break the law to enforce the very same rules you are breaking. The NCAA makes millions from schools and athletics. They are a business in which they must play by the rules as well. They should take their medicine as well. So please don't say Miami should deal with it they have. They gave up three bowl games basically plus millions of dollars and lost recruits. They suspended players and cut players. They have gone beyond taking their so called medicine. Now its time for someone to hold the NCAA accountable for their legal infractions.


@loki.pan80 does that mean the ncaa may act with impunity? it should be excused if it violated the law? regardless of whether um is guilty, the ncaa is not above the law. given that it is one of the most corrupt organizations in the country, it is shocking that it took this long for a politician to ask for an investigation.


@Ranger @loki.pan80 if it goes to court it will get worst for the u. NCAA will certainly subponea former players Kyle Wright Tyrone Moss and Vince Wolfork. I think my tax dollars could be put to better use.


@loki.pan80 nice spelling of subpoena. I'm sure you're an expert on college sports and the law as well. It's not a waste of taxpayer money because this will set precedent into how all "non-profits," given judiciary power by the federal government, must use their power within the constructs of due process.

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