07.01.12

NY Post : For D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Charity Begins At Home

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Along with casting a critical eye towards the charitable efforts of Jets LB Aaron Maybin and Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia, the New York Post’s Isabel Vincent, Melissa Klein and Alex Freeman report D’Brickashaw Ferguson’s personal charity has done much…to benefit those closest to the Jets offensive lineman.

Ferguson donated $1 million to start the D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation in 2007. A year earlier, he had signed a $35 million contract with the Jets. In 2010, he inked a contract for $73.6 million.

Ferguson’s mother, Rhunette, was paid $85,000, plus $6,400 in benefits, to run the charity in 2011.

The group, meanwhile, doled out just $32,501 in scholarships to Long Island high-school students and $3,000 to church food pantries, according to tax filings.

“That’s not a reason to start a foundation,” said one charity expert. “Your mother should be donating her services to her wealthy son to help him do philanthropy.”

Ferguson’s father, Edwin, who is on the charity’s board, said they paid her because they needed someone in charge “who knew what they were doing.”

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