August 19, 2015, - 12:04 pm

Multi-Millionaire NFL Player: I Spent Govt College Aid $ on Sneakers for My Expensive Collection

By Debbie Schlussel

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DeAndre Levy: He Ripped You Off So He Could Collect Sneakers

A multi-millionaire NFL player who is signed to a $34 million contract just bragged that he used his need-based federal financial aid money to buy sneakers for his expensive sneaker collection worth thousands of dollars. But he’s not offering to pay the money back.






















Detroit Lion DeAndre Levy is on a PR mission to tell you what a humanitarian he is . . . on your dime. He told AOL that he is auctioning off most of his 150-pair sneaker collection, worth more than $100,000, and he says the proceeds will go to Detroit charities benefiting (only Black) kids. But in a portion of his interview that no one seems to have notice, Levy says he spent his federal Pell Grant, meant to pay for college, on his sneakers. He also says he’s been collecting these expensive, valuable shoes since he was in high school.

What’s your favorite shoe of all time? The one you’ll have the hardest time letting go?

My favorite pair are the Vegas Sole Collector Dunk released in 2006, I think. They were like a piece of art. Haha, I spent most of my Pell Grant to get them a few years later after finally finding a pair. Probably will be the hardest pair to let go.

This means that he likely committed federal financial aid fraud and should be investigated by the Department of Education. Pell Grants are not loans. They are straight out grants of money and are supposed to be based on financial need. According to the Department’s website, the amount of the Pell Grants given

depends on your financial need. . . . The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate and certain postbaccalaureate students to promote access to postsecondary education. Students may use their grants at any one of approximately 5,400 participating postsecondary institutions.

But Levy did not use his Pell Grant at a postsecondary institution. He used it to buy expensive sneakers. As I write this, Ebay has two listings of the Nike Vegas Dunk Sole Collector shoes (on which Levy says he spent his Pell Grant money) one selling for $1,200.00 and another for $799.00.

That Levy didn’t spend his Pell Grant on his education is fraud #1. Frauds #2 and #3 are that he clearly faked his financial aid paperwork in two ways, ripping you off. First, he clearly did not declare his expensive sneaker collection as an asset in his finanacial aid application (which, if he had, would likely have resulted in a denial of financial aid, including and especially Pell Grants). Again, he says he started collecting in high school. Second, he clearly didn’t have the financial need he claimed, or he wouldn’t have been able to spend the money on expensive shoes.

Levy should, at the very least, pay back the Pell Grant money plus interest. But he’s not offering to do that. He doesn’t believe he did anything wrong, using your money to buy expensive sneakers when he was supposed to use it to pay for college. That’s why he’s joking about it in a dismissive aside.

This year, Levy signed a nearly $34 million contract with the Detroit Lions, with a $12 million signing bonus and $13 to $20 million in guaranteed money (depending upon which news source you read). And that’s in addition to the multi-millions he’s already earned. In 2009, he signed a $1.8 million contract. In 2012, he signed a $1.927 million contract. In 2013, he signed a $9.75 million contract. (Details of his contracts are here and here.)

Levy can certainly afford to pay the money back plus interest multiple times and not even notice the difference. He should be behind bars. But nothing will happen to him. Just watch. Nobody even noticed or cared what he said about using the financial aid to buy luxury goods.

And the racist irony shouldn’t be lost on anyone where their forced investment in DeAndre Levy’s is going to end up. As I noted, Levy is using the proceeds of his sneaker collection to benefit charities which benefit only Black children in Detroit, as they seek to go to college. And, yet, the vast majority of taxpayers are White. They funded the Pell Grant giveaways to liars and frauds like DeAndre Levy so he could be a sneakerhead (as these sneaker collectors are called).

As I’ve told you before, federal financial aid went to fund Somalian alien ISIS terrorists in Minnesota, seeking to travel to Syria and fund ISIS activities with the remainder of their aid (I broke this story, then many others ripped me off without credit, per usual). This isn’t that bad. But it’s bad enough.

And the brazen bragging, laughing, and carefree attitude with which Levy dismisses his clear misuse of federal college grants is exactly the problem, whether it’s Islamic terrorists or multi-millionaire NFL players.

They all pretend to have a conscience for the “downtrodden.” But, in reality, they are just con artists who have no problem ripping you off to fund their lives.

Levy brags that he’s “done some unspeakable things to get some of these sneakers.” Clearly, he thinks bragging about committing financial aid fraud is speakable. Makes you wonder what he did that isn’t.

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BTW, in case you were wondering, Levy has a commonly-Jewish surname because, reportedly, a paternal grandparent or great-grandparent or some other paternal ancestor in generations past was Jewish. So what? Who cares? I don’t wanna claim him. These days, the rumor is that he is Muslim, given his long-time dedication to sporting a full beard.

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16 Responses

Levy brags that he’s “done some unspeakable things to get some of these sneakers.”

When I was studying in Detroit, I worked at Henry Ford Hsopital and was friends with an older, black nurse’s aide. Her son, despite tough surroundings, was set to go to Michigan State on a track scholarship. One morning after her night shift and she was returning home, she found her son’s body head-first in a trash can. He had been murdered, his throat slit, because he resisted when two thugs were mugging him for his sneakers.

DS_ROCKS! on August 19, 2015 at 12:13 pm

He is plainly an all around crud.

Worry on August 19, 2015 at 1:28 pm

SURPRISE! SURPRISE! SURPRISE!

Well, here is where y’all will find a bit of reality in addition to Debbie’s information about how Tax Dollars are spent:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/specialfeatures/2013/08/07/how-the-college-debt-is-crippling-students-parents-and-the-economy/

I could continue for pages and pages, but instead, try this little calculation:

Start with $1 Trillion to be spent at a rate of $1 Thousand per Minute – So divide the $1 Trillion by 1,000 resulting in
the number of Minutes – Divide the Minutes by 60 thus producing Total Hours – Now divide Hours by 24 resulting in number of Days – Now divide Days by 365 resulting in number of Years. Multiply Years by $1.2 Trillion noted in the LINK. VOILA…..MULTIPLY THE VOILA RESULT BY DEBT ESTIMATES RANGING FROM $130 – $200+ TRILLION.

THIS GUY APPEARS TO BE PART OF THE DEBT PROBLEM BEING IMPOSED ON THOSE OF US WHO DO THEIR BEST TO AVOID SUCKLING AT THE TEAT OF GOVERNMENT LARGESS.

ps: Read Ayn Rand’s “VIRTUE OF SELFISHNESS”.

pps: In some things I am a HARD-ASS! This is one of them.

Dennis on August 19, 2015 at 2:12 pm

He’s Black and is not going to be prosecuted for welfare fraud.

So he’s a cheat and a liar. In good standing along with a lot of his fellow NFL athletes.

DeAndre Levy and his ilk are role models for our kids. Some role models.

NormanF on August 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Well DS, you’re precisely correct on this where I unanimously agree with you on, financial fraud in general is a felony that’s prosecutable til the fullest extend of the law, and I highly doubt that Mr. Levy will be investigated for scamming the monetary system of most of his money going to “tennis-shoes” (sneakers) instead of going to it that’s more beneficial to the young people within the community of Detroit, Michigan where he works and plays pro-Football for the Detroit Lions organization.

Sean R. on August 19, 2015 at 4:04 pm

You look at a certified basket case like this Levy character, and then you look at a football great of the past who just recently passed away – New York Giants’ Hall of Famer-turned-broadcasting legend Frank Gifford. We’ve come a long way – backwards.

ConcernedPatriot on August 19, 2015 at 8:13 pm

Thanks, Negroes, for all the racial healing ..

Jesse Conroy on August 20, 2015 at 12:39 am

Why Doesn’t NFL Commissioner Roger the Dodger discipline this crook? Too busy worrying about Brady’s balls I guess.

MuzzCrusher on August 20, 2015 at 9:15 am

Just curious.

Was he on a full athletic scholarship? If so, how did he qualify for a Pell Grant in the first place?

I wonder if this is a common way for Colleges to “pay” athletes on full athletic scholarships.

IAM: Good question. I wondered that, too. But, then, I thought that this may be another way college athletic programs scam the system (getting federal financial aid for student athletes). DS

I_AM_ME on August 20, 2015 at 9:16 am

Why am I NOT surprised? This guy is a prime example of the kind of stuff that needs to be stopped. I’m tired of all these “grants” going to “needy” people when the real needy people are denied help for one reason or another. Read: skin color – they’re not black. He’s proud of his collection. Good for him, somebody should set them on fire and make him eat the ashes.

Not Surprised AT ALL on August 20, 2015 at 12:13 pm

“I wonder if this is a common way for Colleges to “pay” athletes on full athletic scholarships.”
Top college football player get envelope of cash from boosters

madman on August 20, 2015 at 12:21 pm

He’s black. In O’bama’s America the laws don’t apply to people like him. He gets a pass by simply pulling out his race card and flashing it.

Jeff on August 20, 2015 at 4:35 pm

I’d bet a month’s salary that from the first day in high school that Levy was labeled a talent to the present day he has not suffered from one instance of prejudice or racism. If he didn’t have a dad around growing up I’ll bet the void was filled by coaches, teachers or social workers beating a path to his door to provide assistance that he would never get from dear-old-dad. He was probably taught at an early age that he was a victim and he had the right to game the system, since it was run by greedy, oppressive white people. If a white athlete specified that his charity would only offer benefits to white kids he would be drummed out of the NFL. There is a fairly new trend among a growing number of black pro athletes to grow scraggly, unkempt beards that are hardly a fashion statement or a facial enhancement for endorsement deals. More likely they want to identify and visually support their Muslim brothers. Replace Levy’s jersey with a dirty nightshirt in that photo and he’d look like the poster-terrorist for ISIS.

John Engler on August 20, 2015 at 6:44 pm

Go away you filthy muslim POS.

Laura on August 20, 2015 at 6:45 pm

Levy is also English and German mostly Protestant, borrowed from the Bible. Or it could just have been a random name the white administrative census takers gave his family after the Civil war.

Goose on November 28, 2016 at 8:49 pm

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