Nevin Shapiro is mad as hell, and he's not taking it anymore, even if doing so forces him to imitate Robert DeNiro in Meet the Parents.
The jailed Ponzi schemer and disgraced University of Miami athletic booster gave an epic rant to the Miami Herald, published on Sunday. Still convinced his testimony can convince the NCAA to inflict the "death penalty" on the Hurricanes, Shapiro says he is sitting on information that will make Canes fans "hate me worse in the next coming months."
"I'm taking that program down to Chinatown and the former players and links to that program," he said.
Shapiro says he is sitting on information that was not included in the Yahoo! Sports massive expose of his former life as a booster last year. 72 current and former Canes were mentioned in that report, but Shapiro says the number involved is actually 114.
Shapiro said he is motivated to see UM punished because "the U.S. government lined up 47 former players to testify against me in open court if I went to trial. That in itself is motivation to shove it up their collective [butts]."
Meanwhile, the consensus at UM seems to be that the school will probably receive a bowl ban for one or two seasons (UM self imposed a bowl ban last season), as well as scholarship reductions. That will hurt the program, but far less so than the death penalty, which would require the school to shut down the football program temporarily.
According to the Herald, UM has learned that the NCAA will not take any of Shapiro's claims seriously unless they can corroborate them. That has limited the scope of the NCAA's investigation. Some of Shapiro's more salacious claims (like the abortion he paid for when a player impregnated a stripper) have had their validity called into question in the media. The NCAA is apparently just as skeptical of Shapiro.
While some players still in school when the NCAA started its investigation, no former players or coaches have spoken to NCAA investigators. Only current players are required to speak to the NCAA regarding any investigation.
The Herald described Shapiro as "a desperate man, willing to say anything to exact revenge." He still has not gotten over the fact that so many athletes he bankrolled during college were not in his corner when the FBI came after him for securities fraud.
"I'm more of a victim than a Ponzi schemer and assailant," he concluded, seemingly without a hint of irony or self-awareness.