Yesterday evening, our own JT passed along the details of a very, very damning report by Yahoo! Sports investigative reporter Charles Robinson, which if anybody hasn’t read at this point, should take several minutes and do so HERE.
The tell-all is based around former Miami booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro, who apparently drank a gallon of truth serum and went all David Stanley (a la SMU) on “The U”, spewing details of impermissible benefits given to Miami player ranging from yacht excursions, to prostitution and an abortion.
Also mentioned in said article was former 2 Live Crew rapper and reported Miami booster Luther Campbell — affectionately referred to as “Uncle Luke” by Miami players.
“Here’s the thing: Luther Campbell was the first uncle who took care of players before I got going,” Shapiro told Yahoo!. “His role was diminished by the NCAA and the school, and someone needed to pick up that mantle. That someone was me. He was ‘Uncle Luke’, and I became ‘Little Luke.’
“I became a booster in late 2001, and by early 2002, I was giving kids gifts. From the start, I wasn’t really challenged. And once I got going, it just got bigger and bigger. I just did what I wanted and didn’t pay much mind toward the potential repercussions.”
As one would imagine, “Uncle Luke” wasn’t too thrilled to hear his name mentioned by Shapiro, especially in this context. So, Campbell has since taken to his blog on the Miami New Times website to throw Shapiro under the proverbial bus, run over him, back up and run over him again.
The blog, entitled “Nevin Shapiro can kiss my [expletive]” can be read HERE since a good chunk of it is profanity-laced, and thus, not entirely appropriate for this blog.
But, for your enjoyment, here’s a snippet on the, um, “cleaner side”:
“First of all, I have never been a UM booster. I have never given a dime to the school. I have and always will support the players and the program out of civic pride, but I never violated any NCAA rules when I was the team’s biggest fan in the 1980s. And I definitely would not have ever paid for a stripper to abort a baby allegedly fathered by a UM football player like Shapiro claims he did.”
“You can’t be me just by reading a Dan Le Batard article in The Miami Herald from 21 years ago alleging I paid players for hits on the field. The NCAA investigated those accusations and found no wrongdoing on my part. This notion that I was paying players is false. It never happened.”
Campbell is concerned about his reputation, but when it comes to the most recent investigation, he is an afterthought — provided nothing new comes up. Still, that didn’t stop Campbell from stomping on Shapiro’s name one final time.
“The NCAA shouldn’t even waste any gas money on this guy. But the investigators have to do their due diligence. In the meantime, every UM fan should send a letter to Shapiro’s prison warden and insist he remain in general population.”