Infamous Miami booster Luther Campbell doesn’t want to be compared to Nevin Shapiro, also a Hurricanes booster whose testimony to Yahoo! Sports has uncovered years of unbelievably flagrant wrongdoing at Miami (FL).
Campbell said about Shapiro in a column for the Miami New Times entitled “Nevin Shapiro Can Kiss My A**”: “Shapiro is nothing more than a jilted groupie who f****d over a lot people. He is an opportunistic schemer who now wants to play the role of jailhouse snitch.”
Campbell is a music executive and former member of rap group “2 Live Crew.” In the 1980s, he allegedly offered money to Miami players for their on-field performance, including knocking opposing players out of games.
Campbell, also known as “Uncle Luke,” took exception to Shapiro being known as “Little Luke.”
“If Nevin really wanted people to see him as “Little Luke,” then he would have dedicated part of his life to helping kids in Miami’s inner city neighborhoods get a college education. He certainly never started a youth athletic program that has been around for more than 30 years helping underprivileged parents in Liberty City mold their children.
It has never been about money for me. It’s always been about community service. That’s what being Uncle Luke is really about.”
Campbell’s comments, based on what we know about Shapiro, aren’t totally off base. But it’s clear that Campbell has no right to stand on a moral high ground.
We don’t consider on-field bounties to be service to the community.