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