Rix on the accusations ….
“It’s expected when you play those rivalry games that guys are going to hit hard, but the thought never crossed your mind that someone was trying to hurt someone,” said Rix, who is also a prominent quarterback mentor for several high school quarterbacks throughout the San Gabriel Valley. “I just thought it was part of the intense Florida State- Miami rivalry. It is sad to see this come out, but the truth always comes out. Part of me wasn’t surprised, because we’ve seen how much of a business it has become. You have guys who aren’t satisfied with their per diem check that they get every month, so they’re looking for extra money. So if somebody can be offered $5,000 for a hit, obviously they’ll take advantage of it.”
Click link for full story and reaction from Rix: Nevin Shapiro, a former Miami booster who’s serving a 20-year prison sentence for masterminding a $930 million Ponzi scheme, has told Yahoo! Sports he provided impermissible benefits to 72 of the university’s football players and other athletes from 2002 to 2010.
Shapiro said he gave money, cars, yacht trips, jewelry, televisions and other gifts to a list of players including Vince Wilfork, Jon Beason, Antrel Rolle, Devin Hester, Willis McGahee and the late Sean Taylor. Shapiro also claimed he paid for nightclub outings, sex parties, restaurant meals, and in one case an abortion for a woman impregnated by a player.
He also claimed to have offered a $5,000 bounty to any Miami player who could knock Florida State quarterback Chris Rix out of a game. Rix, who lives in West Covina, attended Bishop Amat and Santa Margarita high schools before going to Florida State. He called the Yahoo! report “a sad story.”