Last summer, when Charles Robinson of Yahoo!Sports broke the news of University of Miami football players receiving cash from boosters, not much was made of the allegations of bounties being placed on opposing quarterbacks. Now, with the punishments for the New Orleans Saints Bounty Program being handed out, a new light can be shined on Robinson’s report. Nevin Shapiro, in jail for his role in an almost billion dollar Ponzi scheme, claims to have placed a $5,000 bounty on the quarterback of the Florida State Seminoles, Chris Riz, from 2002 to 2004.
“We pounded the [expletive] out of that kid,” Shapiro said of Rix. “Watch the tape of those games. You’ll see so many big hits on him. Guys were all going after that $5,000 in cash. [Jon] Vilma tried to kill him – just crushed him – a couple of times trying to get that $5,000. And he almost got it, too.”
Vilma didn’t return a call seeking comment.
To date, Vilma has yet to comment or respond to these allegations.