Shapiro, who is serving a 20-year federal prison sentence for securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and money laundering, says he paid players for the “hit of the game” or “big plays.” He put bounties on specific players, including former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow and a three-year standing bounty on Seminoles quarterback Chris Rix from 2002-2004, offering $5,000 to any player who knocked him out of a game, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Shapiro’s claim was confirmed by two former Miami football players.
“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.”
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