Nevin Shapiro's allegations in Tuesday's Yahoo! Sports report would've made waves with any program in the country, but the news hits even harder because it happened at a school like Miami, with a number of college players currently starring in the NFL.
Wednesday, two of those names spoke out to respond. Andre Johnson, the former star receiver at Miami and current Pro Bowler with the Texans, told the Houston Chronicle, “It is what it is, man. I really don’t have much to say about it. The guy’s in trouble, and he’s trying to take everybody down with him. I’m really not worried about it.”
“You kind of get upset about it," he added, "but at the same time, you can’t control what anybody says. He knows and I know what really happened. It’s over. It’s done with. The NCAA is handling it, and we’ll just move on."
Likewise, Johnson's former college teammate and current teammate with the Texans, OT Eric Winston, expressed similar sentiments on a podcast. As Pro Football Talk transcribes:
“I don’t really know [Shapiro]. I know the name a little bit. I couldn’t pick him out of the lineup,” Winston said. “I think it’s unfortunate when a guy gets around kids and a program and intends to do harm to it."
For now, at least, this looks like chorus: We knew him, but not that well. As far as benefits, nobody's offering any outright denials, either. Instead, they're minimizing their involvement, downplaying their relationship with Shapiro, and leaving it up to the NCAA. But they're not denying anything.