Manhattan A jailed University of Miami booster who claims to have provided cars, cash, prostitutes and other impermissible benefits to 72 athletes told Yahoo! Sports two current Kansas State players were among the recipients.
Nevin Shapiro, a 42-year-old Miami resident who was sentenced in June to 20 years in federal prison for masterminding a $930 million Ponzi scheme, said he took Wichita residents Bryce and Arthur Brown, their parents and a spiritual adviser to lunch in March 2008. Shapiro also told the website he paid for hotel rooms for them during the weekend visit.
That adviser, Brian Butler, told The Wichita Eagle that he and the Browns didn’t know Shapiro was a Miami booster. Instead, they thought Shapiro was just a fan who helped players from out of state.
“In our case, he did invite us to lunch and we did go to lunch, and he did reserve some rooms for us, for myself and Mr. Brown senior,” Butler told the newspaper. “Those things, I can say that he did.”
At the time, Arthur Brown was already enrolled at Miami, where he played linebacker for two years before transferring to Kansas State. His younger brother, Bryce, was a sophomore at Wichita East and considered one of the top high school running backs in the nation. He committed to Miami, but ended up at Tennessee, where he played one season before also transferring to Kansas State.