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More Shapiro: ‘I’m taking that program down to Chinatown’

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The emails former Miami Booster Nevin Shapiro sent to the CNBC show “American Greed” for their feature weren’t the only ones he sent boasting his allegations of impermissible benefits given to former and current Miami players.

Miami Herald Sunday column shares portions of numerous e-mails Shapiro used to communicate from jail over the past few months. And, like he did with Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports, like he did with CNBC, Shapiro promises his involvement with the Miami program will result in stiff consequences.

“The public is going to hate me worse in the next coming months. It’s going to be severe and catastrophic. My feelings are getting inflamed and I’m going to pop off pretty soon with regards to them and the NCAA. I’m coming for them both [UM and former players] and I’m going to be successful.

“I’m taking that program down to Chinatown and the former players and links to that program. Why? Because the U.S. government lined up 47 former players to testify against me in open court if I went to trial. That in itself is motivation to shove it up their collective [butts].”

Consider Miami unimpressed by Shapiro’s rhetoric. Or his ability to quote “Meet the Parents.”

“We think the worst is behind us,” coach Al Golden (pictured) said. “The [current] coaches and 95 percent of the players weren’t here when that thing went on. There’s a shift by the NCAA to go after the perpetrators and that’s not us.”

An official from the school declared they could “punch holes” in Shapiro’s story if he were to testify under oath. UM already suspended eight players last season for at least one game due to their connection with Shapiro; the former booster now claims he provided impermissible benefits to 114 current and former athletes, not just the 72 mentioned by Yahoo! Sports.

The NCAA investigation into Shapiro’s allegations is ongoing, so neither the school nor the NCAA can comment on the matter, although Miami said they expect to hear something from the NCAA by summer. Interestingly, the Herald notes that  some players mentioned in Shapiro’s claims haven’t been reached out to by the NCAA. Others have been and chose not to talk. Only current players are required to speak to the NCAA.

And whatever ruling the NCAA ultimately comes up with, it’ll be based on the information they were able to obtain. Those in Miami, as well as those interested in the story, will be waiting with bated breath.

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34 Responses to “More Shapiro: ‘I’m taking that program down to Chinatown’”
  1. blakebuchanan87 says: Feb 12, 2012 2:01 PM

    This guy is a parasite, but if the NCAA had any stones they’d make an example out UM. Since they don’t, they’ll probably slap them on the wrist and UM will be fine or better than they were before (see Ohio St).

  2. chachooga says: Feb 12, 2012 2:42 PM

    This guy is a jock sniffer on steroids and is in JAIL for a hundreds of million dollar ponzy scheme…you know what that means? He is a liar.

    He obviously did illegal things as a booster. The question is, was it his own accord or institutional. Why is it imporant that he is a liar felon….because when he claims 114 athletes you can err on the side of this is BS. As was Yahoo’s hit piece where this guy was the main source in all but like 14 of the claims. Irresponsible journalism.

    UM will pay and has paid. All the morons at ESPN were calling for the “death penalty”. They suspended 8 players that seriously affected their season. They self imposed a bowl ban.

    UM’s is more like Boise State than USC, UNC, and OSU. What you say?!?! Yes Boise, it is identical except Idaho versus South Beach leads to different exposure.

    USC, UNC and OSU involved institutional problems. Randy Shannon was as solid as any. UM’s athletic dept. has not been implicated. Some coaches are accused, but vaguely. Those coaches don’t even coach any more at UM.

    So if the NCAA comes down on UM as they will like Boise, it is no “slap on the wrist”. It fits the crime….though the blabbering haters will still call for tougher sanctions.

  3. jimbo75025 says: Feb 12, 2012 2:58 PM

    chachooga says:
    Feb 12, 2012 2:42 PM

    UM’s is more like Boise State than USC, UNC, and OSU. What you say?!?! Yes Boise, it is identical except Idaho versus South Beach leads to different exposure.

    So if the NCAA comes down on UM as they will like Boise, it is no “slap on the wrist”. It fits the crime….though the blabbering haters will still call for tougher sanctions.

    ————————–

    Were the Boise trangressions (in football) not the equivailent of a recruit spending a few nights sleeping on a players couch and getting an extra brownie at dinner ? Big difference between that and a booster giving funds directly to players.

    Not a huge fan of either program, but come on the Boise issues (in football) were pretty minor in the grand scheme of things-most of the majors there in the tennis program or something that nobody really cares about.

  4. BrownsTown says: Feb 12, 2012 2:59 PM

    In a surprise development, The U has petitioned for entry into the SEC.

    http://blogs.ajc.com/jeff-schultz-blog/2011/10/12/ncaa-ends-investigation-into-cam-newton-and-auburn/

    http://sportsbybrooks.com/tag/trent_richardson

    http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2011/04/alabama_football_investigates.html

    http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/6784149/ncaa-hits-lsu-one-year-probation-recruiting-restrictions

    http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/6788501/willie-lyles-sold-video-lsu-no-recruiting-value?campaign=rss&source=NCFHeadlines

    Acoordingly, the investigation will be closed within the week.

  5. wethog66 says: Feb 12, 2012 3:02 PM

    There has to be some Miami fans, and former alums, in the clink with this cat. If I were him I would tone things down a bit, or at least make sure not to drop his soap in the shower.

  6. chachooga says: Feb 12, 2012 3:09 PM

    Jimbo….

    that is how it is reported. But UMs worst suspension to O. Vernon was for around $1,000 in unpermissable benefits.

    Do the research. Boise had a player with an equal illegal benefits tab over $1,000.

    Here is the real question….$1,000 is Boise vs. $1,000 on south beach….shouldn’t they triple the Boise kids penalty???

    It doesn’t matter if nobody cares about the sport the illegal benefits happened in, the penalty is the same….and that is my point about UM situation. Morons yelling for the death penalty on networks like ESPN have made it look far worse.

  7. seanb20124 says: Feb 12, 2012 4:52 PM

    Go away you little man

  8. atxcane says: Feb 12, 2012 5:29 PM

    It’s tough to take much of what this guy says seriously anymore. First there was the chasm between the investigated allegations and what *actually* occurred (see the suspensions from Fall ’11).

    Then there are statements like this from the article:
    “Incredibly, he says of himself, “[b]I’m more of a victim than a Ponzi schemer and assailant[/b].” The federal government doesn’t see it that way.”

    I wonder if Charles Robinson is starting to realize he was duped as well?

  9. barnesaintnoble says: Feb 12, 2012 7:12 PM

    They probably should be punished severely, but I don’t think they will be – and I could care less.

    Miami was good when they started recruiting the South Florida region that most coaches and schools stayed away from. Over the years, the players from these areas (especially the elite ones) realized they could go to better schools with better football development (for the NFL), more playing time and in some cases better academics (whaa?). Tie that with the rise of UCF, USF, FIU, FAU (not big time programs but still D-1) and renaissance of UF and FSU, and Miami has a tough road ahead as it is. They don’t even have their own stadium and can’t get many fans to come to their games.

    It’s different when schools like Ohio State get off like nothing even happened, and get a coach who is shadier than the one he replaced and has clear issues that still exist in it’s athletic department.

  10. kmank says: Feb 12, 2012 7:42 PM

    JEWISH CRIMINAL!!! PRICK> betta tape yo ars in jail.

  11. kmank says: Feb 12, 2012 7:45 PM

    WHY CHINA TOWN YOU MORON?

  12. 305fan says: Feb 12, 2012 7:55 PM

    This jailhouse cum bucket is still talking shit, and the media just eats it up. I bet he’s getting split like a chicken in prison.

  13. kmank says: Feb 12, 2012 8:14 PM

    Hey SHAP, welcome to TBAG central BOyee! I hope you like T !!

  14. kmank says: Feb 12, 2012 8:24 PM

    Enjoy the Ramen noodles, the closest to chinese you will taste the next 20 plus years. Napoleon just feel off his horse and bumped his head! PRICK

  15. tonystrong says: Feb 12, 2012 9:27 PM

    This is a guy who thought he was going to bring down a program. After he realized he couldn’t and that at the end of the day, UM will suffer consequences somewhere in the middle of what USC and Ohio St. received he is now grasping for straws and making the story he already told bigger and more elaborate. He really thought he was going to bring UM down but he can’t because the NCAA will never hand out the death penalty again and certainly not to a program with the history of Miami. Guy is a joke and that top 10 recruiting class Miami brought in this past season just goes to show how much he’s brought the program down LMAO!! Guy is just mad because he gave out handouts to all the players to look cool (other peoples money mind you) and when he needed a handout for his legal team, no one wanted to help him. Bitter guy. Deserves everything he’s gotten and more!

  16. rpmcanes says: Feb 12, 2012 10:00 PM

    UM hired a private investigator to do a background check on this scumbag, and they found nothing.

  17. florida727 says: Feb 12, 2012 10:21 PM

    Shapiro is a CONVICTED LIAR. I doubt the school is concerned about anything he has to say because PROVING any of it will be tough to do. Are they innocent? Probably not. Is it as bad as Shapiro will TRY to make it out to be? Probably not.

    “tonystrong”, couldn’t agree with your assessment more. This guy’s 15 minutes of fame is about to expire. And if he’s not careful, the rest of him will “expire” too. He’s pissing off a lot of people every time he opens his mouth. Somebody in that prison will shut it for him.

  18. burm61 says: Feb 12, 2012 10:23 PM

    Can’t spell THUG without The U.

  19. trojan33sc says: Feb 12, 2012 10:37 PM

    Why give this “little-junk-man” the time of day OR interview??? Time to push the delete button and forget about this “tool” !

  20. edweird0 says: Feb 13, 2012 1:17 AM

    “Miami was good when they started recruiting the South Florida region that most coaches and schools stayed away from. Over the years, the players from these areas (especially the elite ones) realized they could go to better schools with better football development (for the NFL), more playing time and in some cases better academics (whaa?)”

    Good? I’d say a decade of dominance & barely a seasons worth of L’s is a bit more than ‘good’. Better football development? Seriously? Miami has produced more NFL talent, let alone All-Pro players, than any other school HANDS DOWN. Can I have some of what your smoking please?

  21. thraiderskin says: Feb 13, 2012 1:55 AM

    Why does everyone start pointing to other schools as some sort of justification for why “the U” should only recieve a slap on the wrist, how stupid are some of you? This man was running on the field with the players during their enterances, he “claims” to have influenced kids to go to Miami with money and “outings”, he was an extremely visible figure at that institution. There is simply no comparison other than maybe SMU and I’m starting to think maybe that might not be close. I don’t want Miami or any other school to ever get the death penalty, but if there was ever a dictionary entry case for it, Miami might be it. If you don’t agree with me, explain to me how I’m wrong, tell me how the coaches and school officials didn’t notice the little turd on the field and on campus? Educate me how this relates to property for tatoos, or paying the rent on a player’s family’s home, hell show how this massive list of former and current players stacks up to that ONE guy at Boise? I can tell some of you are terrified about what is going to happen to a great pro-factory, but there is no need to throw out bogus claims that they should get a slap on the wrist like “everyone” else.

  22. edweird0 says: Feb 13, 2012 4:47 AM

    @thraiderskin

    You just said it yourself; they’re all ‘claims’ until proven otherwise. Minus the players who got suspended last season, there really isn’t any legit proof to what this piece of sh!t is ‘claiming’. He’s just looking for his 15 mins of fame and he’s about to run out of time.

  23. edweird0 says: Feb 13, 2012 4:47 AM

    @thraiderskin

    You just said it yourself; they’re all ‘claims’ until proven otherwise. Minus the players who got suspended last season, there really isn’t any legit proof to what this piece of sh!t is ‘claiming’. He’s just looking for his 15 mins of fame and he’s about to run out of time.

  24. mhalt99 says: Feb 13, 2012 7:36 AM

    don’t you just miss the good old days when miami had a clean program and didn’t have to worry about all this nonsense……

    oh wait, this is miami, they’ve never been clean

  25. crazycane says: Feb 13, 2012 8:04 AM

    thraiderskin,

    Being that we live in the USA and one needs to have 100% proof that allegations towards a person, or program in this case, need to be accurate. Having a bunch of receipts and saying “This is what I did with them” isn’t enough. Having pictures of you partying with them isn’t enough. Now if you combine the two, having pictures of them taking the handouts, then that’s 100% proof.

    Too bad everyone is still going to hate on a program that no matter how bad they are, like they are now, they’re STILL everyone’s National Championship game.

  26. norcalirish says: Feb 13, 2012 8:19 AM

    Lol!

  27. chalkruz1989 says: Feb 13, 2012 10:14 AM

    I just think this problem is going to gradually get worse. These players get a scholarship which includes full-tuition and room-and-board if they want to live on campus for four-years. But, in reality these kids are being overused and overworked. As a former manager of a Division One basketball team, the players are the only people not reaping the benefits of their hard work. I understand a college degree is great, but, when you are bringing in 1,000,000 dollars plus in your sport, why don’t they deserve some of that?

  28. stairwayto7 says: Feb 13, 2012 10:59 AM

    DEATH PENALTY FOR THE “U”!!!

  29. thraiderskin says: Feb 13, 2012 11:04 AM

    We are looking at it under the premise that they are true… I totally agree that they are innocent, but If some of these allegations are true, then what? The comments about a slap on the wrist is what I’m talking about, to me, that implies you all are looking at this as mostly true. Again, I absolutely don’t want to lose Miami to half-pint jack ass with hurt feelings, but i’m not going to sit here and listen how everyone else got a slap on the wrist, when there is no comparison to these two events, by sheer scale alone. So again, how am I wrong in my previous statement, should these allegations be true?

  30. thraiderskin says: Feb 13, 2012 11:11 AM

    I meant innocent til proven guilty.

  31. atxcane says: Feb 13, 2012 12:06 PM

    @thraiderskin

    I think the issue is that you’re posing a hypothetical that is (by all in-depth accounts) entirely impossible.

    I agree in general with the ideas of ‘what if some of it is true’, but it’s looking like ‘some’ is realistically ‘less than 1%’ in this guys’ case.

    Case in point: the 2011 players that were suspended. Shapiro was claiming all sorts of lavish parties, strippers, gifts, etc. When the NCAA investigated, they found (for the most part) a dinner tab that had been picked up. In the most egregious case (Olivier Vernon), they found that Vernon had been in the guys’ private suite for a home game (I think that alone was considered to be worth 800$). I forget what the rest of the $1300-worth consisted of, but the main point is that what *actually* occurred is well short of what Shapiro claims.

    And this wasn’t just the NCAA doing a whitewash. They dinged players for “50$ worth of equipment from the athletic department” as a violation. That’s a t-shirt and an extra pair of gloves.

  32. chachooga says: Feb 13, 2012 7:38 PM

    EdWierdo….

    thank you for setting that other bozo straight about players seeking “better developement” for the NFL elsewhere. Not sure what that guy has been paying attention to.

    UM is tops if not the best in all categories of successful players in the NFL. Obscure fact during Superbowl was they led the league in Superbowl TDs scored.

    Shapiro and Yahoo deserve no more coverage.

  33. chachooga says: Feb 13, 2012 7:46 PM

    @ThRaiderskin

    Dude even if it is ALL true, it does not even come close to SMU. If you think it does you don’t know the SMU situation very well. Slush funds to pay players initiated by the University itself vs. a rogue booster spending other people’s money so he could hang with UM football players is way different.

    The only real comparison as I said before is to Boise State. The worst suspension for Boise received more $ in illegal benefits than O.Vernon from the the U…..and that was in Idaho.

    UM has already suffered, and is lucky to have Al Golden. The “slap on the wrist” talk is just bitter OSU, UNC and USC fans who’s problems were institutional and way more outrageous. ie. house in L.A. for players family, head coaches trying to cover things up, assistant coaches openly and admittedly doing outlandish things. none of which happened at the U.

    But those things happen all day in the SEC, but it is so huge there, they all keep it hush hush.

  34. hovenaut says: Feb 14, 2012 8:38 AM

    Sounds about right, since the guy has saturated every strip club in south Florida. Then after Chinatown, maybe he can take a solo tour behind bars. Seems like an inevitability with his character.

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