"The alleged fraud targeted the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan (the Plan), which was established pursuant to the 2006 collective bargaining agreement and provided for tax-free reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical care expenses that were not covered by insurance and that were incurred by former players, their wives and their dependents – up to a maximum of $350,000 per player. According to the charging documents, over $3.9 million in false and fraudulent claims were submitted to the Plan, and the Plan paid out over $3.4 million on those claims between June 2017 and December 2018." read the Department of Justice Press Release.
Of course, the players could always argue that they merely were carrying out some of the shady practices of the player for whom the Plan was named; but it's doubtful that the FBI will listen to such excuses.
Besides being raised by Trash Culture to the status of national heroes, let us not forget that these worthies were all graduates of our wonderful university system. Let's review which institutions of higher learning prepared these fine gentlemen and scholars for their future contributions to society:
Clinton Portis: University of Miami
Robert McCune: University of Louisville
John Eubanks: University of Southern Mississippi
Tamarick Vanover: Florida State University
Ceandris Brown: University of Louisiana
James Butler: Georgia Tech
Fred Bennett: University of South Carolina
Etric Pruitt: University of Southern Mississippi
Carlos Rogers: Auburn University
Correll Buckhalter: University of Nebraska
Joe Horn: Itawamba Junior College
Reche Caldwell: University of Florida
I wonder how long as a society that we're going to go on pretending that most of modern Academia is really accomplishing anything positive. It's interesting to note that four of the colleges mentioned above were caught in a major NCAA Basketball scandal just last year. Considering that the NCAA generates over $10 billion in annual revenue for these academic leeches, though, it's doubtful that reform will be considered very seriously. Some of these schools listed above rank among the Top 10 in revenue from college sports: Auburn University rakes in $147.5 million and the University of Florida, $149.2 million.
The Academic Mafia gets away with this scam because there are no NCAA rules against academic fraud. The universities set up fake classes and programs to ensure that college athletes maintain high enough grades to remain eligible for sports---while allowing school administrators to line their own pockets while posing as intellectual elites. And it's also fairly well known that the schools employ an unknown number of lawyers and other 'fixers' to keep the scandalous behavior of their star players off the headlines. In the cesspool of corruption and graft that college sports has become, is it any wonder that men schooled in such a system go on to become criminals? College did exactly what it's designed to do: it educated younger men to follow the ways of experts.
This is altogether an evil system, but on how to reform it, there's no simple answer. Hopefully the FBI will follow up and after enough of these crooks wind up in jail, it will force the respective agencies to change from within. But the fact remains that the root of the problem is in Academia; and that's also a ripe area for reform during Trump's Second Term in and of itself.