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Nevin K. Shapiro's Beautiful Asian Babes and $900 Million Ponzi Scheme

Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme CourtMiami New Times. In this special edition of Luke's Gospel, the former 2 Live Crew frontman discusses Nevin K. Shapiro, a University of Miami booster who was arrested and criminally charged Wednesday for allegedly orchestrating a $900 million Ponzi scheme. He spent $38 million on himself.

I can't recall exactly when I met Shapiro, but I remember we were mutual friends with a couple of alumni members. Some of our pals called him "Baby Luke" because, like me, he had graduated from Miami Beach Senior High and he loved the University of Miami even though he never got a degree there. Our love for the Hurricanes is how we struck up a conversation. Shapiro has an encyclopedic knowledge of the program. He was all about the U.

That's all we would talk about, from the direction the program was headed to who was the better quarterback during the 2008 season. He liked Robert Marve. I prefer Jacory Harris. We argued about that a lot.
 
For the 2009 season, Shapiro invited me to his suite at Sun Life Stadium for a couple of Hurricanes home games. During one of those games, he let me know he wanted to start his own sports agency. He wanted me to be involved because of my relationships with former University of Miami players.

He wasn't the first.


I've gotten all kinds of offers from people who want to become the next

Drew Rosenhaus using my connections. It is something I am always leery

of because the last thing I am going to do is mess up my reputation

with former players from the University of Miami, many of whom I've

known since they were kids playing little league football in the parks.

So many agents (real and wannabes) end up scamming these players.

I initially thought Shapiro was somewhat legit because the University of Miami had

put his name on a building. He was a booster, and he knew a lot of alumni. (By the way, I am just a Hurricanes supporter and fan. Miami Herald reporter Douglas Hanks incorrectly identified me as a booster for his story. I have never raised money for the school.)

Like any proposed business

venture, I had to do my due diligence and try to find out who this guy was. He invited me over to his $5 million waterfront mansion on Miami

Beach.

He had some serious eye candy walking inside his house, like his

beautiful black girlfriend. And he had some fine Asian girls in there

too. Shapiro took me into this room where he had on display all these

jerseys that had been actually worn by former players. He bragged he

was friends with a lot of the guys. He name-dropped Jonathan Vilma and

Vince Wilfork (of the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots, respectively).

He told me he was in investing in import and export of groceries. He tried to explain his

business model to me, but it was over my head. We had one more meeting

over dinner. He introduced me to his supposed partner and some sports

agent who was going to be involved as well. But there was something off

about the whole thing. I kept reading his partner's body language and

he looked like he was just there for show, like he was doing Shapiro a

favor.

The agency idea never materialized.

The last time I spoke

with him, Shapiro was complaining that he wasn't going to renew his

season tickets this year. He didn't think the school should extend

coach Randy Shannon's contract or give him a raise. I think he didn't

like that Randy wouldn't return his phone calls. He was always bitching

about that. He didn't know that Randy doesn't really talk with any

boosters.

Now if Shapiro is behind the Ponzi scheme, that

ain't cool. There is nothing worse than a Ponzi schemer. You can't be

fucking with other people's money.


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