Nevin Shapiro: Don't Believe a Word

​Scam artist Nevin Shapiro's allegations detailed in Yahoo! Sports might end the University of Miami football program.

Or maybe not. As New Times showed this past December in a lengthy magazine-style piece, Shapiro is "the epitome of a Magic City con artist: a hard-partying, tasteless, status-obsessed gambler with a lust for harems of girlfriends, famous friends, and luxury yachts... He's a violent, unstable liar who nearly blinded a SoBe club owner with a sucker punch in the mid-'90s and threatened his ex-employees. His stepfather was convicted of stealing millions decades ago, and his longtime girlfriend and business partner was indicted this past summer for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars by bilking a beauty supply company."

Jack Hulse, a Sarasota retiree who lost $440,000 to Shapiro, told us: "A guy like this, you can't possibly throw him in prison for long enough... and everyone was so willing to trust him for no reason."

That's telling. Sure, Yahoo! Sports had phone records and other evidence, but my bet is this blowhard is hyping what he has to say for publicity. In the end, maybe a quarter of what he has to say will turn out to be true.

Once a liar, always a liar.

Read more in our December 2010 feature, "Nevin Shapiro: Miami's Caligula."

The genesis of these prevarications was a stepfather who stole $6 million and went to jail. They evolved into gambling. Again, from our story, "Then there were his other passions: gambling and women. SEC filings show he had 'millions in gambling debts... Shapiro would lay $25,000 or more on several NFL and college football games every weekend,' says an associate who asked not to be named. Once, after a big win, a Federal Express box overflowing with cash arrived at the Bay Road mansion. Shapiro dramatically poured the bills all over his kitchen counter while laughing hysterically, the source says."

The story does skewer the claim that UM coaches didn't know about Shapiro. Our story details how he walked onto the field and yelled at an assistant in 2009. '''You need to start answering your fucking phone,' he holler[ed]."

As his businesses fell apart, he lied about losing a pair of $120,000 rings, and he stole millions in an $880 million Ponzi scheme.

You judge the veracity. Schapiro plans to make money off his lies, threatening to pen a book "to be titled The Real U: 2001 to 2010. Inside the Eye of the Hurricane... It will bring his once-beloved athletic program to its knees with information on more than 100 athletes who broke NCAA rules, Shapiro promises."

The story concludes, "How much damaging information does he actually have? Only time will tell. NCAA officials told the Herald in August that, if they deem the book legitimate, they'll investigate."

I say he's a lying scumbag.

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