Assuming we can trust someone who is in prison for running a Ponzi scheme, Nevin Shapiro sure liked to splash the cash when it came to University of Miami football players. Just how much? Well, The 7th Floor breaks it all down for us, detailing each of the alleged payments Shapiro made to players for various accomplishments.
According to their accounting, Devin Hester was the most frequent recipient of Shapiro's largesse, collecting eight payments that totalled $7,500. Among the more awesome gifts Hester allegedly received was $500 for excessive celebration on his touchdown during Miami's 38-3 victory over Florida on Sept. 6, 2003.
A closer look at some of Shapiro's bounties reveal that he had quite the thing for Florida State's Chris Rix. No fewer than three players were allegedly given money for being rough with the quarterback. Sean Taylor got $1,000 for one hit and Jon Vilma got two $1,000 checks for hits on Rix in separate games. Not surprisingly, the Oct. 11, 2003 game against Florida State was the most expensive, costing Shapiro $3,500 in bounties.
In all, it looks like Shapiro wrote 32 separate checks, totaling $20,650.