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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: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:15 am

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Pretty simple.  Players SHOULD NOT be paid.  At the same time, Universities should benefit ZERO, other than media recognition.  All proceeds to all games should cover expenses incurred by having the event and the rest should put in a combined trust that helps other kids get an education.  

Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:10 am

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

As a die hard canes fan this does not even bother me.  The Board has already paid a trustee where none of the players can be questioned who are no longer at the University and all the players who were mentioned were already suspended/reprimended by the NCAA.  The Dequan Jones incident was found false so we know there are some holes in this report.  I think the more  and more this idiot goes on the better it is for UM.  He is a proven liar and I understand that not everything is false but this is just nonsense.  Shapiro better get his facts real soon out because....guess what?  None of the players that he dealt with hardly remain with the team since 08 which means that they can't get spoken to because of the trustee.
Keep going are looking dumber by the day.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:08 am

Nevin Shapiro threatens UM, players from prison

Excuse me but at the very least, why are a convicted felon's emails getting published?  Please don't give me the nonsense about freedom of speech?  It is also the right of the media outlets to refuse to publish this crap, especially since it is not only of a truly selfish nature, but is also ominius and threatening.  I realize that this sort of back-and-forth "if I go down, I'm taking everyone with me" stuff goes on all the time.  But it doesn't have to be given attention in a media outlet unless it is part of a story whereby the authorities that be are using it to charge the person issuing such a threat with blackmail/extortion.    

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:58 am

Nevin Shapiro threatens UM, players from prison

How should people who stole over a billion dollars be treated? Somebody twist his arm to do this ponzi scheme?  I rather doubt it. Remember boys and girls, "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime."

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:48 am

Nevin Shapiro threatens UM, players from prison

Who knows what to believe. This guy took close to a billion dollars from unsuspecting people and spent it on his own lavish lifestyle. I am not sure that anything or everything he says is believable. He is a crook who craves attention and the only way he can get it is by making statements. I find it hard to believe that he hasn't already spilled his guts over what really happened. Seems like now he will make stuff up just to stay relevant.

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:32 am

Nevin Shapiro threatens UM, players from prison

pay*  players

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:31 am

Nevin Shapiro threatens UM, players from prison

The BUYami slurricanes...  CHEATERS  -  always have been.

They are just like: THE BLOhio state, auburn, bama, ou, and so many other big schools who play players, buy refs and cheat.


Since: Apr 27, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:24 am

Nevin Shapiro threatens UM, players from prison

He's got nothing to lose by exposing more allegations against the NCAA. 

We all know that it is likely very corrupt.  The BCS is a joke and the players are slaves.  It would probably be better if it came down and was rebuilt.  As far as keeping his mouth shut, what benefit does that do for him or anyone really?  If his allegations hold water, his sentence will be shortened and he will be somewhat justified.

It's unlikely he would go to a higher security prison, he wasn't a violent offender, so staying out, exposing the NCAA, and accepting the penalty for his trespasses is reasonable, maybe even a wise decision on his part.

Also, the whole Ray Lewis' friends coming after him bull, if it's that big, and many many pros are affected and the nfl is affected, these people will have bigger problems to settle.  Corrupt organizations should crumble because crime DOES NOT pay.  If something wierd happens, like he dies or is injured, he will be a martyr more than a snitch.  Being stabbed in the back and at the bottom of his life, is hopefully leading him to seek redemption, not revenge.  At least I hope.  I'm am holding out my optimism in the name of the human race.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:47 am

Nevin Shapiro threatens UM, players from prison

Hope the empty revenge makes trying your damnedest not to drop the soap that much more pleasant.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:39 am

Nevin Shapiro threatens UM, players from prison

First thought--why do prisoners have computers and email?  Talk about a complete waste of taxpayer money.

Because not all "criminals" should be treated like caged animals. 

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