A former Miami running back identified by Yahoo! Sports to have allegedly taken impermissible benefits from former university booster Nevin Shapiro has now come forth to deny taking any gifts from the man known as “Little Luke”.
Tyrone Moss, who played for the Hurricanes from 2003-06, has told Local 10 News in Miami that he never took the $1,000 Shapiro gave him on a one-time occasion. He also claims he was never entertained on Shapiro’s infamous yacht.
Moss previously confirmed to Yahoo! on his allegations page that he had received the benefits. The Miami Herald was played audio from Charles Robinson’s interview that asks Moss “That $1,000, did he [Shapiro] hit you with that the first time he met you?’’
Moss replied with:
“Yeah. It was me and some other players with my incoming [class]. I’m not going to say the names but you can probably figure them out yourself. When I was getting there my freshman year, it was me and a couple more players.”
Below is the rest of Moss’ response given by Yahoo!:
“The thing about that was, how [Axcess Sports] was set up, Nevin basically was the front man. Nevin basically like, Nevin got to be close one on one with a player. And when it was time to actually come out into the draft, it was like ‘You’re rolling with me and that agent.’ And the thing is, it was almost like he had given so much to where it was like you gotta ride with him with most players. That’s how that was. Sometimes I think he used to do a whole lot for nothing as far as fronting money and stuff. At first, when I got to know Nevin, it was like he was doing it because he wanted to be the big shot, you know what I’m saying, that everyone knew him. He wanted to hang around the popular guys and things like that. But I think it was more business than personal, you know?”
In his interview with Local 10, Moss says his response was taken out of context:
“I wanted to clear the air and let everyone know I’ve never received 1,000 dollars from Nevin Shapiro. Nor have I ever been on his boat or anything like that. Someone has taken my name and tried to destroy my name. I have always been loyal to Miami. Miami is a great place. Miami has been good to my family and good to me. I had some of my best years at the University of Miami. I just wanted to clear the air and make a statement that I have never taken any money or been on any boat like that. For something like this to happen is just crazy.”
“I don’t care how it was quoted, I don’t care how it was written or I don’t care how it was said. But just to let everyone know, I have never been involved with Nevin. I have no ties to Nevin. I have never taken any money from him, and I have never been on that guy’s boat. I just wanted to clear the air, because a lot of people around here are saying this, saying that. What did you say, what did you talk about? I haven’t talked to anybody. I have not had direct contact with anybody. I’m tired of the rumors and things like that. The last few days have been crazy around here for me. I just wanted to clear the air and let everyone know I Iove Miami. I went to school there and had 4 great years there. I would never bash Miami in any type of way or talk negative about Miami. Basically, he (Shapiro)wants attention. That’s all.”
Consider the air officially cleared. Well, sort of. You know, besides the whole audio thing.