Shapiro's attorney speaks regarding UM's NCAA notice
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (WSVN) -- After the NCAA officially put the University of Miami on notice following a booster's blockbuster claims against the athletic department, that booster's attorney is speaking about the allegations.
The University of Miami is trying to defend itself after the NCAA handed down a notice of allegations against the school. The details and penalties are unknown, but the university has been hit with the words of "lack of institutional control."
Everything centers around the allegations made by convicted Ponzi scheming booster Nevin Shapiro. Shapiro claimed he showered athletes with cash and gifts.
What makes this investigation concerning to some is that allegedly Shapiro's attorney, Maria Elena Perez, was sharing information with the NCAA and was getting paid.
Maria Elena Perez: "I was sharing my information with them."
Reporter: "And you didn't think anything was wrong with that?"
Maria Elena Perez: "What is wrong with that? Rosh, what would I think is wrong with that?"
The NCAA eventually fired an enforcement official and omitted the information obtained from Elena Perez and Shapiro in its report.
Reporter: "Some people may say a red flag should have gone up? You should have said, 'Listen, you want these documents, they are public documents go and get them.'"
Maria Elena Perez: "But we got paid for the lidication part of it and they were an angel."
Elena Perez said she did nothing wrong with simply giving the NCAA public documents.
The University of Miami's president Donna Shalala released a statement which reads in part: "The NCAA enforcement staff could not find evidence of prostitution, expensive cars for players, expensive dinners paid for by boosters, player bounty payments, rampant alcohol and drug use, or the alleged hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and gifts given to students athletes, as reported in the media. The fabricated story played well, the facts did not."
Shalala fired back against the NCAA. The University of Miami has already be self imposed by sitting out two bowl games, a conference football championship game and scholarships. Shalala said this is enough.
Maria Elena Perez: "If I have been giving them documents that the public could not obtain, then that would be different. But I never did that."
Shalala said she will be going after the NCAA. UM has 90 days to respond to these allegations, and then a hearing will ensue as well as possible sanctions.
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