Miami’s “Uncle Luke,” Luther Campbell, Says “Little Luke” Nevin Shapiro “Can Kiss my Ass”
Luther Campbell of the popular and controversial '80s hip hop group 2 Live Crew gained some college football fame for his association with Miami football during that program's national ascension. He was so famous for this, in fact, that former Miami booster/current prison dweller Nevin Shapiro, who opened up about his incredibly extensive history of illegal involvement with the Hurricanes to Yahoo!, specifically mentioned Campbell as an inspiration of sorts for his dealings:
"Luther Campbell was the first uncle who took care of players before I got going. 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.'"
Well, Luther Campbell read that story...and he wasn't happy. In a column this morning for the Miami New Times, Campbell invited Shapiro to "kiss my ass" and said there's really no comparison between the two:
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.
Well, if it's true that Campbell never paid players, Shapiro did an even worse job following in Campbell's footsteps than it appeared. Campbell went on to call Shapiro "a jilted groupie who fucked over a lot of people" who was "all about himself" (couldn't be more true), and defended the character of former Miami coach Randy Shannon, who according to Campbell, said he'd fire any assistant if he caught wind of involvement with Shapiro. (UPDATE: We should mention one part of Campbell's column that made us uncomfortable - calling Shapiro a "beady-eyed defamer." Defamer? Absolutely. But "beady-eyed" has certain...implications to it. Showing Shapiro to be a lowlife is the easiest thing in the world without having to get into insults that could be perceived as ethnic in nature.)
One other thing worth thinking about: Campbell retweeted a Canes fan this morning who said the following:
We good Luke...aint nothing going to happen at Miami...this Nevin dude is full of lies!
While we highly, highly doubt that "nothing" will happen to Miami as a result of Yahoo!'s investigation, we do wonder...is everything he said true? Yahoo! did everything it could to substantiate what Shapiro told them, and found plenty of evidence that he did a lot of it. There's more than enough to seriously implicate both Shapiro and the program. But the guy is full of lies. He enriched himself on a giant lie. It's not crazy to think he might have told some half-or un-truths to Yahoo!'s team...but it probably doesn't matter, because there's enough documented to show Shapiro to be everything Campbell alleges and more.
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