Andre Johnson was hardly mentioned in Yahoo Sports’ excellent reporting about the University of Miami football program. The Texans receiver was only mentioned for having bought drinks in the VIP section of a club.
It’s no surprise that Johnson isn’t happy with booster Nevin Shapiro for going public with the story, but Johnson didn’t deny knowing Shapiro Wednesday when asked.
“It is what it is, man,” Johnson told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “I really don’t have much to say about it. The guy’s in trouble, and he’s trying to take everybody down with him. I’m really not worried about it.”
Johnson didn’t want to get into details about the subject.
“I wasn’t in the clubs too much when I was in college, so I don’t know about that,” Johnson said. “You kind of get upset about it, but at the same time, you can’t control what anybody says. He knows and I know what really happened. It’s over. It’s done with. The NCAA is handling it, and we’ll just move on.”
Eric Winston, another product of the “U,” spoke about the issue to Lance Zierlein of TheSidelineView.com.
“I don’t really know [Shapiro]. I know the name a little bit. I couldn’t pick him out of the lineup,” Winston said. “I think it’s unfortunate when a guy gets around kids and a program and intends to do harm to it.”
Boosters are a massive problem throughout college football and there is no easy solution to get rid of them. It’s one reason why we’re happy to cover the pros.