August 16, 2011

Brown brothers named in Yahoo! Sports report

A Yahoo Sports investigation into the athletic programs at the University Miami has turned up the names of current Kansas State players Bryce and Arthur Brown, among dozens of other current and former Hurricane athletes and recruits. The report, which is a product of an 11-month investigation, centers around former renegade booster Nevin Shapiro, who was recently convinced as being the architect of a ponzi scheme.

An arm of the Yahoo report alleges that Arthur Brown, who spent two seasons as a player at Miami, received multiple impermissible gifts from the Hurricane booster. The report also states that current Wildcat running back, Bryce Brown, was treated to improper benefits by Shapiro during his a recruitment, a process Miami was tied to until the end.

In the report, Arthur Brown is said to have accepted multiple meals at the expense of Shapiro, as well as an all-expense paid trip to a Miami-area strip club. The investigation also alleges that both Browns, as well as their parents and "spiritual advisor" Brian Butler, were treated to a $532 lunch and hotel rooms that totaled $1,110.19.

When reached by phone on Tuesday night, Butler recalled the family lunch in question, but declined comment on any other incident mentioned in the investigation.

"There was one lunch," Butler said. "I do know the lunch, but there wasn't any dinner or anything like that.

"I do remember the lunch, though. That was with the Brown family."

When asked if he recalled receiving the hotel room, for which the Yahoo report produced a Shapiro credit card statement and a hotel bill listing Butler and Arthur Brown as people inhabiting the rooms, Butler also declined comment.

"I really haven't read the story yet," he said. "Once I read it, I'll be more able to comment on it."

According to the report, Shapiro also alleges that Arthur Brown periodically accepted small amounts of cash during his time at Miami. The current K-State junior is also alleged to have accepted food, drinks and entertainment from Shapiro during multiple trips to an upscale bowling alley.

Bryce Brown, Arthur Brown and K-State athletic department officials were not available to immediately comment on the report, while Butler says he will address the accusations in the week ahead.

Any possible NCAA course of action, as it relates to penalties or the eligibility of either player, is yet to be discussed.

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