September 13, 2011
At this time I would like to give a shout out to my alma mater Niagara University. We have sports teams but we're not known for our sports we are known for our academia. That being said while I was attending we won the MAAC conference title in college basketball and made it into the NCAA Tournament and we even won a game which was huge for us. The bottom line is that I can honestly say that I'm proud of my school. Perhaps we didn't win the big championship trophies but we did it honestly. I should also give credit to UNLV where I am furthering my studies. Considering Las Vegas is the gambling capital of the world this school is pretty honorable.
Some news came out today about college football, specifically the University of Miami. Sure it's all over the news and all over social media, but I will give you the straight facts and of course my opinion but not until after I tell you what went down. The allegations that came out today are nothing short of incredible. Remember big blue the University of Michigan when they got caught and heads rolled, this is worse. Remember USC when Reggie Bush had to give back his Heisman Trophy and Heritage Hall erased all records of him and USC got stripped of their title, this is worse. Remember Ohio State where the players were receiving free tattoos and clothes and cars and women and the head coach lied about it and it cost his his job, this is worse.
Nevin Shapiro is a former Miami Hurricanes booster and today his eight years of NCAA rule breaking that benefited 72 college athletes were revealed. First of all it should be known that Shapiro is currently serving a 20 year prison sentence for his role in a $930 million ponzi scheme so dude had plenty of time to talk. Former hip hop star Luther Campbell aka Luke was a booster in 2001, 2002 and would do things like put cash bounties on opposing players, this practice was adopted by Nevin Shapiro. Shapiro became a booster in 2002 and would put bounties on Florida Gators QBs Tim Tebow and he had a three year standing $5000 bounty on Chris Rix for any player who could knock him out of the game.
Shapiro blatantly broke NCAA rules with at least six named coaches, Clint Hurtt, Jeff Stoutland, and Aubrey Hill on the football staff and Frank Haith, Jake Morton, and Jorge Fernandez on the basketball staff. Shapiro named 39 Miami players who he says received prostitution he paid for. The names were not revealed but two players did confirm that the booster paid for them while they were Hurricanes. I told you about the cash he would hand the players, the bounties on opposing players, the private tournaments for cash.
Shapiro spent tens of thousands of dollars on jewelery for Miami players and to recruit players to his Axcess Sports agency. He bought expensive watches for Tavares Gooden and Antrel Rolle and diamond studded dog tags for Sean Taylor and an engagement ring for Devin Hester. The players reportedly had free use of his mansion and his yacht. He spent $84,000 on strip clubs for the players. He paid for meals, entertainment, lodging, and even an abortion.
The player's name is withheld but Shapiro took him to the Pink Pony strip club and paid a dancer to engage in sex with the athlete. In the ensuing weeks the dancer called one of Shapiro's security providers and informed him that she was pregnant. Shapiro gave the dancer $500 for an abortion without notifying the player of the incident.
Wow! Well where do I start? I'm not even going to attempt to count the violations it's almost impossible. One dude, eight years, look at how much damage he caused. And you're kidding yourself if you think this isn't happening at other schools, they just haven't been caught yet. 72 players in all were in direct violation and some of the players still go to the University, well for now they do. 39 players got with skanks errrr I mean pros? Dude was handing out cash like an atm. Then again what does he care, it wasn't his anyway remember he was running a ponzi scheme, Bernie Madoff is shaking his head.
I wonder if Devin Hester's wife knows her wedding ring is hot...allegedly. All of this corruption and of course the next question is where's the AD? Where's the Athletic Director? You know that's more than a title right? It comes with responsibilities, namely not letting something like this happen. As for the abortion I don't know what to say, I would be disgusted but sadly nothing shocks me anymore. Still Shapiro could've let dude know he was a father instead of paying some hush money for an abortion without ever telling him. I love Shapiro's quote, "I was doing him a favor, that idiot might have wanted to keep the baby." Unbelievable, stay classy Nevin.
Sad day for the U, sad day for Miami, who am I kidding, they don't care not until the NCAA slaps them on the wrist errrrrr I mean levels sanctions and penalties on the school. How do you handle this? What a year, NFL lockout, NBA lockout, college football scandals, NBA season cancelled oh yeah it's gonna happen, by the way it's only August.