The Miami Hurricanes football scandal erupted with a confession, reportedly backed up by detailed paper proof, from a convict serving a 20-year prison sentence.
This isn’t a criminal ratting out his old associates to strike a deal with the police. Instead, it’s done purely out of spite and revenge.
Ironically, the allegedly NCAA violations he committed with the University of Miami Hurricanes football program the 2000s was done out of love and joy.
Nevin Shapiro, convicted of running a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme, was a lot of things to the Hurricanes program, University of Miami, and the area of South Beach.
He was considered by some (or self-described) as the “owner” of the allegedly de facto professional Hurricanes team, its “chief recruiter,” and the “Jay Gatsby” of South Beach, reported Yahoo Sports, which broke the story of the scandal.
He claimed to be extremely cozy with the Hurricanes team and broke numerous NCAA rules designed to keep U.S. university sports programs from becoming professional teams. He reportedly did numerous financial favors for players, hosted parties for players that involved prostitutes, and wowed potential recruits with his incredible (ill-gotten) wealth.
A boy who grew up in Miami, Shapiro loved the Hurricanes since childhood. When he got his hands on serious money, he threw it at the program.
“I got great joy seeing [the players’] success and seeing that success at a school I love,” said Shapiro to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports. He even claimed to be a father figure to some of the players.
However, ever since he was convicted and locked up, the Hurricanes family allegedly turned their back on him.
Almost none of them will even take his calls anymore, according to Yahoo Sports, let alone support him financially, emotionally, or with anything else.
“[Expletive] them. [Expletive], [expletive], [expletive] them,” said Shapiro in a conversation with Wetzel.
“It’s bittersweet. These guys were my boys. Then they did me dirty,” he said.
Shapiro justified his vengeful actions with the “man’s code of ethics,” which went “out the window” when the Hurricanes men abandoned him in his misfortune (hence his ratting them out).
“We always said we were family. Be consistent with me. Don’t take my money when you need help and then turn your back when I need help. This is what boys do for each other,” he said.