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Miami booster Nevin Shapiro linked to Wade, Shaq?

Posted on: August 21, 2011 12:59 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2011 1:24 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver. shaq-wade

If you're like me, you read the extensive accusations levied against the University of Miami last week -- charges of arranged prostitution, millions of illegal benefits, strip club parties and the like -- and wondered one thing: Where are the professional athletes in this picture?

While dozens of University of Miami football players were implicated by jailed ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro in the Yahoo! Sports article, there was really no mention made of the presence of professional athletes. Given how hard Shapiro's boostering allowed the Hurricanes to party, it was a touch surprising there were no cameo appearances from members of the Heat, Dolphins, Marlins or Panthers. Those circles certainly must have crossed on a yacht, in a strip club or at a luxury hotel at some point, right?

The Miami Herald reports that Brian D. Elias, a bowling alley operator and friend of Shapiro's, said that Shapiro's social circle did include two prominent members of the 2006 NBA Champion Heat: guard Dwyane Wade and center Shaquille O'Neal.

"[Shapiro] would go [to Elias' bowling alley] virtually every weekend to watch college and pro football," Elias said. "It got to a point where we would speak every time I saw him there. We became friends. He may not have been tall in stature. But he had a huge personality. Everybody liked him. People gravitated to him, I'm not talking about football players, I'm talking about people in general. He liked to brag about not just UM [players], but anybody, playing around with Dwyane Wade, Shaq, the Chief of Police. He never ever, ever, mentioned to me he had a tournament bowling for dollars at Lucky Strike in all the times I knew him."

The nice thing about being a professional athlete is that the artificial barriers to enjoyment and excess imposed by the NCAA simply don't exist. Making it rain at a strip club with stock market titans is just another day in the week. Sure, compliance officers are replaced by the paparazzi, but, all things considered, that's not the worst trade in the world. As long as you conduct yourself as something resembling a gentleman and pay your tab, the threat of future lawsuits or NCAA violations don't cross your mind or kill the buzz.

All things considered, this is a shaky secondhand link. Knowing Shapiro, though, you've got to wonder whether he's got three boxes full of pictures and autographed photos. One wonders if this is the tip of the iceberg or if this will prove to be an isolated statement by an associate.  It could always have been a lying boast by Shapiro in the first place, too.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 1:58 pm

Miami booster Nevin Shapiro linked to Wade, Shaq?

You got to love Elias' description of Shapiro. "Everybody liked him?" Hell, if this Shapiro runt was hooking me up with yacht trips and hookers, I'd probably like the guy too. Also, notice that the Chief of Police is mentioned third behind Shaq and Wade. Nice to see he has his priorities straight.

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: August 21, 2011 4:31 pm

Miami booster Nevin Shapiro linked to Wade, Shaq?

What difference does it make? They are professional athletes. So what if a booster knew them

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2011 3:34 pm

Miami booster Nevin Shapiro linked to Wade, Shaq?

I don't know, it sounds like news to me. Just shows how far of a scope this guy had. Besides, it doesn't bring Shaq or Wade down into any worse of a light than they have brought themselves. Nothing in this snippet says anything about acutal doings by them. Calm down and study the differences between "their" "there" and "they're".

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2011 1:52 pm

Miami booster Nevin Shapiro linked to Wade, Shaq?

Your an idiot for implicating there names in all of this without any evidence at all.  So a scumbag, lying, ponzi scam artist said he knew Shaq and Wade.... wow they must have been involved!!!!!  You my friend are everything that is wrong with journalism.

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