Nevin Shapiro, the former Miami booster who orchestrated a $930 million Ponzi scheme, isn't done with his allegations and rants against the University of Miami athletic department and is determined to see several players pay for what he determines to be a betrayal against him.
"I'm more of a victim than a Ponzi schemer and assailant," Shapiro wrote in an email to the Miami Herald.
Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports in August that he provided extra benefits, including meals, prostitutes and trips to Shapiro's million-dollar Miami Beach mansion, to 72 Miami student-athletes and provided the financial documents and sources to back up his claims. The story took 11 months to report.
While the NCAA remains mum on its ongoing investigation, Shapiro continues to light fires in an attempt to burn the entire athletic department down.
"The public is going to hate me worse in the next coming months," Shapiro wrote in numerous e-mails to the Miami Herald 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]."
Yeah, Shapiro really did say he was going to take "that program down to Chinatown" just in case you thought it might be a misprint.
Shapiro also claims that, "UM is getting the death penalty or damn close to it."
Despite Shapiro's threats, Miami doesn't seem to be rattled. According to the Miami Herald, the university is fairly confident that that NCAA will dismiss Shapiro's claims that cannot be corroborated. Why is the university so confident? Because the NCAA hasn't even contacted several of the players Shapiro named in his allegations and those who have been contacted deny any wrongdoing. Miami is confident that the most it will get is a one- or two-year bowl ban and a loss of scholarships.
Shapiro claims there are more severe allegations that have not yet come out, but no one knows what they are and they could just be a sad scare tactic by a desperate and jailed man. No matter what Shapiro says or does, he's required to serve 85 percent of his sentence — 17 years — but it's clear he's looking for company.
Yahoo! Sports' initial report of Shapiro's involvement with Miami painted a pretty clear picture of lack of institutional control, so if he has something worse to add to it, Miami could be involved in one of the worst scandals in college football history.
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