Luke Campbell Named in University of Miami Scandal

Luke Campbell Named in University of Miami Scandal

Miami rapper denies allegations he gave gifts to NCAA players.

Published August 17, 2011

Nevin Shapiro, a convicted felon now serving a 20-year prison sentence for spearheading a $930 million Ponzi scheme, is making some startling allegations against the University of Miami and naming rap great Luther “Luke” 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, reports

"Here's the thing: Luther [Luke] Campbell was the first uncle who took care of the players before I got going," Shapiro told investigators. "His role was diminished by the NCAA and the school, and someone needed to pick up that mantle. That someone was me. He was 'Uncle Luke," and I became 'Little Luke.'  

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.

"That punk could never be me," Campbell wrote about Shapiro. "First of all, I have never been a UM booster. I have never given a dime to the school. I have and always will support the players and the program out of civic pride, but I never violated any NCAA rules when I was the team's biggest fan in the 1980s. And I definitely would not have ever paid for a stripper to abort a baby allegedly fathered by a UM football player like Shapiro claims he did."

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

"It has never been about money for me," continued Luke. "It's always been about community service. That's what being Uncle Luke is really about. Shapiro is nothing more than a jilted groupie who f---ed over a lot of people. He is an opportunistic schemer who wants to play the role of jailhouse snitch. His word isn't worth squat, especially if Yahoo paid him for the exclusive. Nevin's mad because he couldn't get former players to invest in his Ponzi scheme or come to his rescue when his criminal enterprise was exposed."

As the allegations fly, many players, coaches and trainers associated with the University of Miami are being implicated in the ongoing NCAA investigation, which may result in criminal charges if fault is found.



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Written by Brooklyne Gipson


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