In the days since his allegations against the Miami football program were laid out in an explosive Yahoo! Sports expose’, Nevin Shapiro has been called a “jock-sniffer wannabe… little scumbag” by former U coach Jimmy Johnson and “a jilted groupie” by rapper and Hurricanes super-fan Luther Campbell.
The rhetoric coming from South Beach is expected, of course; the former booster’s claims have the potential to cripple the program and bring it to its knees. What Johnson and Campbell said to describe Shapiro, however, pales in comparison to the diatribe let loose by a former U wide receiver.
After doing his own radio show on WQAM in Miami regarding the Shapiro situation — and where he “just had to let my black go” a few times — former Miami great Michael Irvin appeared on ESPN radio in Los Angeles, where he was, of course, asked about the situation going down at his former school. Oddly enough, Irvin saved his strongest words for something that has nothing to do with the accusations leveled at his former program; rather, the Hall of Famer took aim at the $930 million Ponzi scheme that cost dozens of investors more than $80 million and a conviction for which Shapiro is currently serving a 20-year sentence.
“I called him a snake and rapist because think about it this way…he’s snaking people, but you are a rapist,” Irvin said by way of Sports Radio Interviews. “How do you walk into someone’s home… forget football. Forget the University of Miami. I don’t care about it.
“How do you walk into someone’s home and sit and eat dinner with them? Watch and look at their kids? Look at all the things in their home that they worked hard over the years to gather and then you take a check and then you go and blow away all of their savings? Man it doesn’t get any lower than this. It doesn’t get any lower than this. You sit with people and you not only take money from these people and you go here and you rape these kids of their future.”
As far as the football side of the equation goes, Irvin said he never met Shapiro. If the former booster had been around during Irvin’s playing days, and wanted to shower him with all sorts of extra benefits, Irvin said he wouldn’t have been able to say no at that age. Or any other age, apparently.
“I said this too though and I’ll be honest with you, I would have fell to those aphrodisiacs that he was throwing around,” said Irvin. “I would have fallen into that. I would fall into it. Listen I wasn’t able to handle at 19,18, 20. I wasn’t even able to handle it at 30. Thirty-five? I just got here at forty-five! I just got here. If you would have offered me boats, women, and my hands are up in the air.“
Irvin also decried Shapiro’s latching onto players’ coattails and living vicariously through them, putting “kids” into a position where they may be responsible for taking down the program.
“Some kids you can say what you want,” Irvin said, referring to the ones who allegedly received impermissible benefits from Shapiro. “These young kids when you think about them looking at them when they are signing that letter of intent to go to their schools. They are going…this is their dream. They have worked so hard for this. This is what they are all about. They are so proud. Some of these kids will be tagged with bringing down the same university that they were so proud of signing that letter of intent to because of the snake we all know as Nevin Shapiro, because his inferiority complex knowing he could never be anything and I want to grab a hold of other people’s success and try to be around it for a moment.”
The whole interview is actually pretty compelling stuff, and can be heard in its entirety by clicking HERE.