Luther Campbell Sues Nevin Shapiro
Uncle Luke is going after the convicted Ponzi schemer who proclaimed himself "Lil Luke." Today, Luther Campbell followed through on his promise to sue Nevin Shapiro for defamation.
In Yahoo! Sports' investigative report on rampant booster violations he committed at the University of Miami, Shapiro claimed his lavishing student-athletes with prostitutes and trips to strip clubs was just continuing what Campbell had done when he was intimately involved with the school's football program in the early 1990s. Shapiro also alleged he also mimicked Campbell by paying players for vicious hits on opponents.
Campbell has vehemently denied any wrong doing. In his complaint filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Campbell claims Shapiro, who is in federal prison, falsely accuses him of "the same type and category of illegal and immoral behavior" that landed the ponzi schemer in trouble. The New Times columnist and former rap producer declined comment.
However, in a column published August 17, Campbell wrote about Shapiro: "You can't be me just by reading a Dan Le Batard article in The Miami Herald from 21 years ago alleging I paid players for hits on the field. The NCAA investigated those accusations and found no wrongdoing on my part. This notion that I was paying players is false. It never happened."
Shapiro's lawyer Maria Elena Perez could not immediately be reached for a response.
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