Luke Campbell Should Be Allowed to Coach Youth Football

Florida judge declares the raunchy rap legend a suitable coach despite criminal past.

Posted: 05/16/2012 05:25 PM EDT
Luke Campbell

Luther “Luke” Campbell has been banned in the USA, again. He’d been prohibited from coaching youth football to be exact. Fortunately, a Florida judge ruled in favor of the former 2 Live Crew frontman on Tuesday (May 15) after state officials previously revoked his application to coach inner city kids.

Education officials didn't want Campbell involved with the students due to the raunchy lyrics in his songs, two past arrests and an infamous performance in South Carolina where a woman took off all her clothes.

After noting that the aforementioned charges were dropped, except for the two misdemeanor gun charges, one of which occurred more than 25 years ago, and the fact that the 51 year-old rapper has been volunteering for years without incident, Judge Robert Meale ruled that Luke "does not pose a risk to the safety of the students entrusted to him."

"For the past seven years, Petitioner has had significant direct contact with vulnerable youth without any reported problems," Meale wrote. "In light of this critical fact, the 1979 misdemeanor, 1986 misdemeanor, and Petitioner's former involvement with 2LC and the adult entertainment industry lose whatever contrary predictive value that they might otherwise have. Simply put, Petitioner does not resemble the youth who committed the 1979 misdemeanor or 1986 misdemeanor or the man who performed with and promoted 2LC 20 years ago," Meale concluded.

Campbell started the Liberty City Optimist youth football program in the early '90s and has been running it under local approval since. The program serves more than 6,000 boys and girls who participate in the cheerleading program affiliated with the league.

Last summer, Luke was named in another football-related story, this time for his former involvement with the storied University of Miami football team during the late '80s, early '90s. Nevin Shapiro, a convicted felon now serving a 20-year prison sentence for spearheading a $930 million Ponzi scheme, made some startling allegations against the University of Miami and named Campbell as a wrongdoer in the illegal activity. Shapiro claims that over a period of eight years he provided cash, NBA tickets, VIP access to clubs, expensive dinners and many other illegal gifts to more than 72 university of Miami players. Shapiro also says that he took over the position in 2002 after Luke stepped down. Luke, who ran for mayor in Miami this year, went on his blog in the Miami New Times to deny any involvement with Shapiro or U of Miami.

However, Luke did mention that he was investigated by the NCAA in the 1980s. No wrongdoing was found.

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