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Krop High Administrators Knew of Eligibility Concerns Two Months Ago, Could Face Six-Figure Fine

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As the dust settles after the disqualification -- for real this time -- of Krop High's boys basketball squad, it will be reckoning time for Coach Shakey Rodriguez and the school's administrators.

In the last week, rampant rule-bending and outright cheating concerning the school's basketball squad has been exposed, most of it by this publication.

The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) can fine Krop $2,500 for every game played by an ineligible student. That means not only more than $50,000 in fines for playing Brian Delancy -- the Bahamian student whose immigration paperwork problems caused Krop's disqualification -- but equal numbers for teammates Angel Rodriguez and Trevin Joseph. Riptide exposed that all three players had bogus addresses registered with the school district.

"It's not just Delancy now, after what you dug up," says FHSAA executive director Roger Dearing. "When you purposefully cheat, and that's what this is --I have no doubt that Shakey Rodriguez knows what he's doing here -- it gets expensive."

All told including investigation expenses, he says, the fines could exceed $200,000. That's a penalty that can't be paid using taxpayer money and must be raised by the school itself. That's a lot of basketball game tickets and bake sales.

The key to exacting such large fines is showing that Krop's administrators willfully broke the rules -- and there's evidence that the school was informed of multiple violations more than two months ago and did nothing.

On December 13, the FHSAA received a tip exposing Delancy's myriad eligibility problems-- including his claimed residency with notoirous recruiter and longtime Shakey Rodriguez associate Bernard Wright at a non-existent address -- and claiming that "a number of other illegal players field this particular team."

Dearing forwarded the letter to Cheryl Golden, executive secretary of the local athletic conference and spoke to Krop principal Matthew Welker about the accusations, he says. He expected that the school would investigate them itself. Clearly, that didn't happen.

Golden has refused to return Riptide's calls for comment. Welker is currently suspended for a separate criminal matter.

Additionally, both Shakey and the school's athletic director, Michael Kypriss -- whose $73,602 job consists in significant part of clearing eligibility for his student athletes -- have pled ignorance that Delancy needed to file special immigration paperwork. But Kypriss handled the exact same problem ten months ago with two tennis students, says Dearing.

We've embedded the tipster's fax, which we obtained via a public records request, below. Though the names are redacted, it's not difficult to figure out which players the tipster was talking about.

How about the accusation -- in a letter that seemed to get everything else right -- that Angel Rodriguez is living with Coach Shakey? That's a claim we encountered many times in our own reporting.

The intrigue never stops.

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Ttsturrup
Ttsturrup

the fhsaa know this coach shakey cheated since the 80''s.krop 2007 team had players that look old looking.

Zonafresca
Zonafresca

Disagree, GeniusIndeed. See how many of Varela High's soccer players actually live outside that school's district. Why are they there? Because their parents want them to play for that coach in a great soccer program. He doesn't have to recruit, just like Shakey doesn't need to shake the trees for ballers. It's like that for every sport, it really is, and it's been that way for years. I just hate to see a school, especially one with the incredible, deserved academic reputation of Krop, villified like this by the New Times. In the process, high school kids are painted as crooks and cheaters. It's just high school sports, not a life and death priority.

Zonafresca
Zonafresca

Gus, please try to extract your nose from Roger Dearing's posterior for just a moment. Then you might realize you're being fed a line of crap. You're making a dictatorial organization look like the paragon of virtue when in reality, the FHSAA is a power-hungry, our-way-or-the-highway bunch of rednecks. I agree that rules are generally there for a good reason and all schools should follow them. But you're operating under the assumption that there's a nefarious scandal going on, so you're using everything Dearing and Cheryl Golden from the GMAC tells you to support your assumption. Yes, Shakey's got an interesting record, although he's never been sanctioned for wrongdoing before. The truth is, he doesn't have to recruit, players find him. Parents will move their kids into the district, or use a friend's address or an uncle's house to get their kid into a top program. It's like that in every sport! This is not a new phenomenon. Once the registrar certifies a kid lives in the district of a public school, he's good to go. It's not the coach's job or the a-d's job to follow a student home to see if he actually lives where he says he does. Did Krop screw up the paperwork on Delancy? Maybe, but considering they knew he was high-profile and would attract attention, and also considering the team was already stacked, common sense tells a reasonable person that Shakey would not jeopardize what was going to be a great season anyway by not doing due dilligence on one player. The school's argument that school district policy forbids asking an immigrant student about his/her immigration status is correct. The FHSAA says Delancy is an "Internatonal" student, under section 17-2 of its bylaws, while Krop considered him an "Immigrant" student, under 17-3 of the bylaws. Look it up on the FHSAA web site. 17-3 says nothing about asking for an I-20 form. Actually, a reasonable person, when looking at all the evidence, would likely conclude, especially considering a circuit judge ruled in their favor, that the school is guilty of a paperwork snafu at worst. Yet to the FHSAA, Krop High is engaged in a racketeering plot to bring down the republic. Bring in the FBI! That's the problem with the FHSAA. They're so full of themselves, they never see shades of gray. They're always quick to toss the baby out with the bathwater, and they're great at selective enforcement. Nice job trying to ruin the reputatons of a coach and an a-d, not to mention giving the impression that a group of high school kids is somehow a bunch of criminals. Go check the addresses of Central High's football players and see how many of them are questionable. I'll wait for the big New Times expose. I'm sure Central High is conspiring with Osama bin Laden right now! Hurry up, ask Uncle Roger for some tips!

OpenYourEyes
OpenYourEyes

The first student on that letter is now a college graduate. The second is a college senior. The third is heading to college. What do they all have in common? They came in under watch of Lori Nelson, NOT Mike Kypriss.

SoSad
SoSad

What a perverted sense of fair play. you Krop cooks have.

“Don't do the crime, if can't do the time.”

Tom Stedham
Tom Stedham

Articles like this are why I read the MIAMI NEW TIMES! Outstanding journalism by Mr. Garcia-Roberts. I hope an award is in his near future!

Please, please keep up the great journalism!

CHIEFPRIDE5
CHIEFPRIDE5

Carol City Students has started a petition to get their basketball team back into the playoffs. They are the only team whom has been affect by this illegal team. It is totally unfair for carol city to not play in the playoffs because a judge made a bad ruling on a case. A student from Carol City has already contacted Mr.Garcia-Roberts and We would need help on making sure these are kids are treated FAIRLY in this situation. So please do what is right and get these kids in the playoffs. DR. DEARING PLEASE TAKEREMEMBER THESE KIDS HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG AND HAVE TO SUFFER FROM LOSING TO AN ILLEGAL TEAM.

ggrwillgethis
ggrwillgethis

you are a real piece of shit- and I really hope you enjoy ruining peoples lives and careers- is that what YOUR journalism is about? Is that what you get satisfaction and pleasure from? Stalking teenagers and slandering peoples names. You do understand that you are committing libel correct? You do understand that at least 4 "facts" in this shit article are completely and utterly false and that you can be sued for this? I hope you enjoy YOUR court battle...can you as a 28 yr. old starving trash magazine "writer" afford the legal fees that will accumulate during YOUR sentencing and conviction of malicious intent (which is not protected by the first amendment). On behalf of all Krop students and parents- we look forward to your arraignment and jailtime. sleep well scumbag.

DearingandGarcia-RobersSuck
DearingandGarcia-RobersSuck

You hit it right on the head! The FHSAA is corrupt and Dearing is on a power trip. I would love to speak with you directly. Please contact me via email at Al@SocialBrandBuilders.com

genius indeed
genius indeed

Dude... There *is* a nefarious scandal going on. Shakey has been using his cabal of cronies to illegally recruit and illegally house blue chip ringers. That's why he got busted. That's what this is about.

KennDoe
KennDoe

If all it takes to produce award-winning, outstanding journalism these days is to have your hand held by your "source" directing you where to go and what to say... I must be in the wrong line of work. It seems the only real efforts made by the author was to "check-out" address which he was given, knock on doors, friend-request some kids on facebook, and "report" whatever made a good story.

What's truly commendable about this journalism is making the FHSAA look like the good guys. Our heros upholding "the rules" and outing "cheaters" gives the wrong impression to the public. They had everything to gain in this. Not only is Krop out of the Boy's Basketball playoffs, Dearing is threatening to go after their entire athletic program. They have Krop exactly where they want them now, and set to be a prime example to any other school who might think of questioning FHSAA authority. People keep talking about what example is Krop setting for their players by "cheating", think about the examples this incident sets: 1) If your teams don't play by FHSAA's "rules" then expect us to cripple your whole school - Hell hath no fury like Dearing (et al.) scorned. Is there nothing to protect schools from predatory bullying/retaliation?2) Snitch on your fellow coaches and teams and you could make a better playoff run - Pitting schools against each other prevents them from being rational and acting cooperatively.3) Don't bother taking us to court, no judge can stop us - I guess when the Founding Fathers created checks and balances, they never dreamed of high school athletics needing such totalitarian oversight.

The most successful thing about this propaganda was how easily everyone in Miami believed it. "Shakey" Rodriguez had so much notoriety already, it wasn't too much of a stretch to make people doubt his credibility. Krop's administration was in the spotlight, so obviously they were easy pickings. When the Herald picked up the buzz and started pushing it as fact, it was all over. Whoever wanted them taken down knew to come to Miami New Times because they already had an "expose" and biased readers against Shakey working in their favor. All they had to do was feed you some more "details" and suddenly the "Disney movie heart-string-tugging" story turned to an Enron-esque, ponzi-scheming, coverup. Genius.

F*ckgus
F*ckgus

You SNITCHES already had your chances on both courts,now your still crying,its not like you guys were gonna win your own district,You got your asses handed to ya! by the States #1 team, so just like Krop has to stay home, sit yall asses down,You should be beggin for new uniforms,for Snitchin with those old ass throw back uniforms...Krop still #1,..and Gus still a f*ckin Scum

Tom Stedham
Tom Stedham

Awwww... Somebody is upset that their lying, cheating and rule-breaking finally got stopped...I notice that you didn't list these "4 facts" that you claim are lies... And your complete lack of understanding of the 1st Amendment, among others, is laughable...

I'm laughing my ass off at all your buffoons who think it's okay to lie and cheat to win some stupid ball games... That's really teaching our kids, huh?

Ha ha ha ha ha... That's me laughing at you, "ggwillgethis"...Rules are there for a reason. This is America (well, for some of us) and we all have to go by the rules...

Poor baby.

Kree8it
Kree8it

You are not speaking on behalf of all Krop students and parents. Our administration is corrupt. They've just been found out.

Malcolmartin
Malcolmartin

@ggrwillgetthis

You are making implicit threats against Gus Garcia-Roberts for an outstanding piece of journalism. He'll probably win an award or two for it. But you are obviously extremely angry, like you have a personal stake in the matter. Are you one of the persons under scrutiny in the matter or a relative of one?

You should listen more closely in your law classes and practice the law much more carefully because you have opened yourself up to criminal sanction through your postings here.

GA
GA

I wish I could "like" this one hundred times. I would.....of course, I'm being sarcastic. LOL

By the way, you can't "slander" anyone in a newspaper article. So, you're wrong about that. Uuuhhh, that's pretty much all I have to say about that.

Tom Stedham
Tom Stedham

Wow... KennDoe is really, really upset... Good!I'll reply to his "complaints":1) If your teams don't play by FHSAA's "rules" then expect us to cripple your whole school - Hell hath no fury like Dearing (et al.) scorned. Is there nothing to protect schools from predatory bullying/retaliation?

Ummm... Krop knew the rules, right? RIGHT??? Where I come from, breaking the rules is called CHEATING. Period. And yes, if a school KNOWINGLY plays ineligible players, then I think they should be "CRIPPLED", to use your word...

2) Snitch on your fellow coaches and teams and you could make a better playoff run - Pitting schools against each other prevents them from being rational and acting cooperatively.

SNITCH??? That explains a lot. Reporting a rule violation makes you a snitch. Let's think about what would happen if nobody had to follow rules, and nobody got reported... Ugh; let's not. A person who reports illegal activity is not a SNITCH, they are a concerned citizen, and I applaud and thank whoever did it in this case...

And why would schools "act cooperatively"??? It's a sports COMPETITION... That was just about the dumbest thing you said. A school is supposed to win on the court, with ELIGIBLE PLAYERS, playing by the rules. Period. No "cooperation" would have helped Krop, unless by "cooperation" you mean "let us play some ineligible players against you." Why the hell would a school "cooperate" with that???

Once again, I applaud Miami New Times. This is a great story, and it reveals the ugly THUG criminal underbelly of some of local HS sports scene. Hopefully, after Krop pays those heavy, heavy fines, other schools will do their paperwork a little better...

This is AMERICA. Play by the rules. Or...

genius indeed
genius indeed

These "rules"! So unfair! These judges not checking and ballancing things the way *I* want them to. Unamerican! People reading the "facts" some newspaper reports and concluding "yeah, this all looks both accurate and damning." For shame! These disgruntled tipsters daring to push back against saintly Shakey! Yes, those tips panned out big time, and yes, they were validated in court. But still, people, clearly this is an injustice. For shame, FHSAA! For shame!

Chiefpride5
Chiefpride5

How about me and you meet somewhere and we could personally discuss this

kalebb2
kalebb2

They are not #1 because the CHEAT YOU A--HOLE!!!!!!

Chiefpride5
Chiefpride5

How about you get all the legal players from krop and tell them lace it up with carol city. Mind you this means no Angel, Delancy, Joseph, nor Cody who lives in broward. Than we will see who the real better team is. Even with all the cheating you did do you barely won and suppose to be the #1 team in the state. Thats crazy

Rlouis1223
Rlouis1223

If you feel that way take your child to a different school.

letshoprggrgetshis
letshoprggrgetshis

Please, please, please sue ggr and new times! Please! Do you realize how much more damning - and fun - this story will get once you give the newspaper subpoena power? Will shakey and his many cronies enjoy being grilled under oath? Jail time for perjury, for anything less than the total and complete truth? Sue! Take this to court! Oh please oh please oh please!

Rlouis1223
Rlouis1223

I'm not a moron unlike some people who agree with this ignorant bastard. As someone who has spent the last 8 years studying and practicing the law- I can tell you out right that this "journalist" has infact been slandering people in this article all over Miami-Dade County. Slander is defined as an act of falsifying information through speech- which he has done. BTW, he has also committed 2 felonies in the process of his "investigation" by trespassing onto students property, and by going through a parent/students mailbox. Read the law before you make comments to defend ACTUAL criminals.

KennDoe
KennDoe

From where I come from, rules aren't selectively enforced on some people, and not on others. From where I come from, when you don't treat everyone equally, it's called discrimination. As soon as Krop received word that Delancy was allegedly ineligible, they benched him. Properly reporting a grievance or complaint would have happened before or once the season started, (it's not like he wasn't on file since the beginning of school) but no one said anything until the season was almost over! If that doesn't sound like "snitching" or "tattling" to you... I'm saying that instead of everyone bringing their "A game" to the court (or field, track, etc.), they will just settle for "C" and report the winners on trumped up charges. What kind of competition is that?

And if Krop "KNOWINGLY" played ineligible players, then according to the allegations brought forth from this "very concerned spectator of high school sports" - It started well before the current administration. Did Ms. Nelson "knowingly" allow recruited players? Did she file the correct paperwork? Did anyone tell Kypriss to do his due diligence when his predecessor did not? How's that for KNOWING.

F#ckgus
F#ckgus

Chiefpride huh....you still snitchin,now your doing your boy Gusto Roberts job...go by Cody house since you know where he so called lived...HML, was gona whip yall too....you know yall garbage...take pride in that....Snitches get stitches.....

Bigdaddyboss22
Bigdaddyboss22

I agree with everything your saying,However he ( Gus) willnot get charged with trespassing because he never went to the kids house,I know for a fact that he didnt come to atleast one of them. so think what you want Gusto!..you may have won round 2 by hurting these kids and ruining there high school careers as of now,facts dont lie people like you do...whoever wins State knows Krop is the real Champs,and it want be a dade county team

GA
GA

You're not a moron but libel is written and slander is spoken. So hence, "you cannot slander someone in a newspaper article."

LOL So you might not be a moron and you surely aren't a master of language either and ARE a master of googling definitions. LOL

Congratulations

GusGarciaRoberts
GusGarciaRoberts

The properties where Trevin Joseph and Brian Delancy claimed to live didn't exist-- so it's physically impossible for me to trespass on them. Angel Rodriguez's supposed address was in an apartment building-- where I knocked on a door. If that's trespassing every pizza man in the county is in trouble.

As for "going through a parent/students mailbox", I can only imagine you're referring to me sticking my business card on the outside of Bernard Wright's mailbox so that he might contact me?

Yep, it's the slammer for me.

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