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Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Posted on: February 12, 2012 10:19 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 5:53 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

Former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, currently serving a 20-year sentence for a Ponzi scheme, has managed to stay in the headlines regarding the ongoing NCAA investigation into the Miami football and basketball programs. Shapiro has stayed in contact with numerous media organizations, including the Miami Herald, through email since in his incarceration. On Sunday, the Herald posted some of Shapiro's more aggressive claims from behind bars.

“The public is going to hate me worse in the next coming months,” Shapiro, serving a 20-year sentence for a Ponzi scheme, wrote in numerous e-mails over the past few months. “It’s going to be severe and catastrophic. My feelings are getting inflamed and I’m going to pop off pretty soon with regards to them and the NCAA. I’m coming for them both [UM and former players] and I’m going to be successful.

“I’m taking that program down to Chinatown and the former players and links to that program. Why? Because the U.S. government lined up 47 former players to testify against me in open court if I went to trial. That in itself is motivation to shove it up their collective [butts].”

The Hurricanes have not received a notice of allegations from the NCAA, but chose to self-impose a bowl ban after their 6-6 finish in 2011 in response to the ongoing investigation.

One Miami official told the Herald he expects "one more bowl ban, maybe two at most," with additional scholarship penalties.

Shapiro has been out for revenge against Miami and the former players, feeling betrayed when they did not come to his aid during the legal troubles associated with the Ponzi scheme. Columnist Barry Jackson describes Shapiro as "a man determined to destroy the UM football program." The former booster believes that much more will come to the surface -- beyond what was alleged in the Yahoo! Sports investigation -- and Miami will get "the death penalty or damn close to it."

As the alleged details of Shaprio's involvement with the Miami football program have surfaced, one consistent theme has been his desire for attention. One Miami official told the Miami Herald that they expect if Shapiro were under oath, the school could "punch holes in much of what he says."

Despite the ongoing investigation, head coach Al Golden was able to sign 33 players to the 2012 recruiting class. The Hurricanes finished with the No. 7 class in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. For more on the Hurricanes' recruiting class, check out Bryan Fischer's ACC Signing Day Grades at the Eye On Recruiting.

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Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:39 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Just because this man was a professional liar involved in a multimillion dollar ponzi scheme doesnt mean he cant be telling the truth now to try and bring down the very program that made him into the sleazebag he is. If you dont believe the things he says now about UM and the players he dealt with and was friends with then u are really narrowminded and naive. Its pretty simple to separate those two instances from each other as now hes looking for some type of revenge from the guys who ultimately benefitted from him and then left him for dead. The man has a legitimate gripe and the UM program will get what it has deserved since the 1980's.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:18 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Instead of just blowing off steam to a reporter, he could handle this tactfully and drag it out for years. That way Miami is always in a negative light. He could write a book and people would buy it. Keep peacemealing out allogations and names. Why not, he has 20 years to entertain himself. Just because someone loses credibility, does not mean what they are saying isn't true, it's just harder to convince people it's the truth. Back it with known facts......suddenly credibility is restored. Then all you Miami slappys get to eat crow. Mission accomplished. I would believe the word of a criminial of that of a pro athlete.....oh wait, basically the same thing in most cases.

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:16 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

I guess the sanctions from the NCAA thought he was lying too right? Just because someone is put in jail for a crime, doesn't mean they are lying about everything. The NCAA must have found it truthful....

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:09 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

USC17, USC has given Miami the blueprint for how not to handle an NCAA investigation. I think the USC punishments were absurd, but USC should have played ball with the NCAA rather than trying to stonewall the investigation. The NCAA wants schools to lay down in fron of them and by all accounts, that is what Miami is doing.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:00 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Ask USC what happens when you have only the word of a convicted felon as your only source of evidence...the NCAA doesn't care.  If they want the "U" to fry they will fry them with whatever they have.  If they want them to get away with an Ohio State slap on the wrist they will with whatever evidence they have.  They believe or ignore what they want and are totally agenda driven.  Evidence and allegations are secondary to their punishments.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:59 am

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

slam credibility? You are talking about a guy who is serving 20 years in prison for stealing millions from innocent people. He has no credibility to slam. He is a professional liar who has made it clear that he is looking to destroy Miami. This guy honestly feels he is a victim. It's almost amazing that people are even listening to him, let alone taking his wild declarations as fact.

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:27 am

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Ohhhhhh! THIS should be fun! Smile

Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:24 am

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Bill Belichick became the most hated man in America when MangINA ratted him out for recording his coaches. Though this practice too goes on ALL THE TIME with every NFL team, the haters out ther piled on with Cheater acronyms for the past 5 yrs. So to say there's nothing to see here shows your niavity in this matter. Everything matters when you have enemies!

Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:23 am

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Im sure the guy is telling the truth. But he is now behind the bars facing 20. At this point, he has no credibility. He should just shut up and be on good behavior so he can be released earlier. Stirring things up with former players is not a smart move on his part. Keep your soap on a string and shut up Shapiro!

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:13 am

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Everyone thought Jose Canseco was lying just to boost his book. We now know how that played out....

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