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Wilfork: 'I've moved forward'

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  August 22, 2011 12:57 PM

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vincewilfork.JPGLast Wednesday night, via Twitter, Vince Wilfork acknowledged the Yahoo! Sports story in which he was prominently mentioned as a beneficiary of former University of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro's free-spending ways.

Today, toward the end of the open locker-room period, Wilfork met with media members. He mostly talked about the development of the Patriots' defense, but he was asked how the last week or so have been for him since the story was published:

"It's tough, but you know what - I released a statement a couple of days ago, whatever it was, and that's what I met with. I've moved forward, I'm done with that situation and you know, what I'm just focused on my football career and one thing I don't want to do is be a distraction to this team, to this organization, and I won't be that. My teammates stuck behind me 100 percent, my family, the organization, so I've moved forward. I'm definitely toward Detroit Lions now and it feels good to be around a great group of guys. It feels real good."

In the Yahoo! story, Shapiro alleged that he gave Wilfork a $50,000 cash payment during his junior season with the Hurricanes to sign with the agency he was part-owner of, Axcess Sports. Axcess and agent Michael Huyghue negotiated Wilfork's first contract with the Patriots; Huyghue is now commissioner of the UFL.

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