Amid the hundreds of fascinating revelations from Wednesday's Yahoo! Sports investigation into Nevin Shapiro's relationship with the University of Miami football program, there was this note from Shapiro, where he compares himself to the most infamous booster in Miami's history--former 2 Live Crew rapper, Luther Campbell.
As Shapiro explained, "Luther Campbell was the first uncle who took care of players before I got going. 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.’
So, what does Luther Campbell have to say about that distinction? Uncle Luke is glad you asked! He sounded off on his blog over at the Miami New Times on Thursday morning, and it doesn't disappoint:
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. Shapiro is nothing more than a jilted groupie who fucked over a lot people. He is an opportunistic schemer who now 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.
Indeed, The U may be going down in flames because of Shapiro's claims, but after years of helping build the tradition that made Miami special, Uncle Luke isn't to let himself get lumped in with a "jilted groupie" like Shapiro.