Miami Football Investigation: Sean Taylor, Rocky McIntosh Involved With Nevin Shapiro

In case you haven't read Yahoo! Sports' investigation into Miami football and booster Nevin Shapiro, go read it this instant. Your first question, at least if you're a Washington Redskins fan, is if any of the players on the team are involved. The Redskins have three current Miami products on the roster: Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson and Rocky McIntosh. Of the three, only McIntosh is listed in the Yahoo! Sports report, and his involvement is not spelled out.

However, one other former Redskins player was involved, one that is beloved by the fanbase: Sean Taylor.

In this case, one of Taylor's involvements with Shapiro is documented. Via Charles Robinson's story:

Various gifts were provided for a variety of reasons - sometimes as tokens to celebrate special occasions, other times as recruiting inducements for Shapiro's agency, Axcess Sports. The booster said he doled out tens of thousands of dollars in jewelry for players, including watches (Tavares Gooden and Antrel Rolle), diamond-studded dog tags (Sean Taylor) and an engagement ring (Devin Hester). He also spent thousands of dollars on suits and clothing for Hester, Gooden and McGahee at Fashion Clothiers - purchases that were confirmed to Yahoo! Sports by the store's owner, Shelly Bloom.

Diamond-studded dog tags, huh? Earlier in the article, Shapiro was quoted as saying that Taylor got involved as early as his freshman year. Also, given that there were bounties on knocking players out of the game, you can guess that Taylor played knowing that existed.

It's an interesting post-script, nothing more. Nevertheless, that's the Redskins' involvement.

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