Miami Football Player Files Police Report Against NCAA for Intimidation, Coercion


miami SpotlightThings have been contentious between the University of Miami football team and the NCAA for quite some time now. It seems one football player thinks the collegiate athletics governing body acted out of line when performing its investigation of the football program.

Dyron Dye and his attorney filed a complaint Saturday with the Coral Gables Police Department saying that the tight end was “coerced” by by former NCAA investigator Rich Johanningmeier when answering questions during the NCAA’s 2011 investigation of the Miami athletic department and convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro. Dye said Johanningmeier tried to get him to answer questions in a way that would help the NCAA confirm incriminating information in its investigation.

According to Dye’s complaint, he felt “intimidated” by Johanningmeier during the questioning about whether or not he had received improper benefits while being recruited to Miami. He added that Johanningmeier threatened Dye’s football eligibility if he didn’t cooperate during the interview. Dye now maintains that he never received any improper benefits.

Prior to filing the complaint, Dye met with the NCAA to try and resolve inconsistencies in between what Dye told the NCAA in interviews and what he said in an affidavit. If it feels so inclined, the NCAA could accuse Dye of an unethical conduct violation, which could result in a suspension or a revocation of his football eligibility.

A spokesperson from the Coral Gables Police Department didn’t say whether or not they would be investigating the matter.

Photo via Facebook/Miami Hurricanes Football

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