On Nov. 30, 1995, Miami sports agent Jim Ferraro wined and dined three University of Miami football stars and watched as they pulled away from the restaurant in a long limousine, allegedly paid for by Ferraro. The players—receivers Yatil Green and Jammi German and running back Danyell Ferguson—enjoyed the treatment so much they ordered the limo the next night and then walked out on a $1,032 bill. The driver turned the players in to campus police, and they were forced to pay the tab. Subsequent investigations by the NCAA and the Dade County State Attorney's office have proved costly to Ferraro as well.
Because Ferraro was a $10,000-a-year Hurricane booster and a licensed agent, the dinner and limo ride were deemed by the NCAA an improper "extra benefit" for the athletes, who were each suspended for two games in '96. Then on July 1 the state attorney's office filed felony charges against Ferraro and his assistant Eugene Mato for "committing unlicensed athletic agent activity." Former Hurricanes wideout Wesley Carroll received a felony perjury charge for trying to cover up the crime. Ferraro and Mato—who along with Carroll did not return calls from SI—were hit with misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to commit perjury.
The one-night total for Ferraro: five criminal counts filed against him and his associates, one NCAA violation for his favorite school and one wasted meal. Green, the Miami Dolphins' 1997 first-round pick, signed with archrival agent Drew Rosenhaus, whom Ferraro once sued for trying to steal a client.
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