Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: Snakepist?
Michael Irvin joined ESPN Radio Los Angeles with Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley and rants on Nevin Shapiro, plus talks about if he ever met Nevin Shapiro, Nevin Shapiro's role in a $930 million dollar Ponzi scheme, taking the listeners to the University of Miami and explaining how a scandal of this magnitude occurs, his issues with the University of Miami allegations and what he thinks will happen to the University of Miami.
Michael Irvin's opening rant without a question being asked:
"I am up? It was the most difficult show that I have ever had to do in the history of shows. My "Michael Irvin Show" today in Miami. It was three hours on Nevin Shapiro. He finally get what he has been looking for, which is fame. That's what he has been looking for the whole time while we did three hours. I told my co-host you have to help me get through this today. I let him run it and I was trying to…guys I will say this: I was trying to remain professional and there was a few times that I just had to let my black go. Just let my black go. [Max Kellerman: How does one let his black go?] Well I got personal. I started calling him [Nevin Shapiro] names. Then I let it go brother and there are some things they will have to decipher before they can get me off the air. People will say what did he mean by that? Lets go to the brotherology book. First time I ever called anybody…I got personal. I called the guy a snake. I never ever ever had a personal attack about anybody personally. When you get a guy…I want us to understand this and we are talking about Nevin Shapiro, the booster, from Miami.
Nevin Shapiro. Do you know the man? Ever meet him?
"I ain't never met him. I said this too though and I'll be honest with you, I would have fell to those aphrodisiacs that he was throwing around. I would have fallen into that. I would fall into it. Listen I wasn't able to handle at 19,18, 20. I wasn't even able to handle it at 30. Thirty-five? I just got here at forty-five! I just got here. If you would have offered me boats, women, and my hands are up in the air. [Max Kellerman: He's not asking you to throw a game. He's asking you to play harder!] He's asking me to play. Lets go play. I'll do what you do. Lets go have some fun. I am going to play. The football part I am going to whether he is there or not. The other stuff he is making easy like boats. Dawg boats? Come on man get on the boat. We are going to go out on a boat. We got some women. Well we are out of practice at 3:30. I will meet you over there at 4. That is just what you say. I am sorry. That's the truth. I called him a snake and rapist because think about it this this way…he's snaking people, but you are a rapist. How do you walk into someone's home. Forget football. Forget the University of Miami. I don't care about it. How do you walk into someone's home and sit and eat dinner with them? Watch and look at their kids? Look at all the things in their home that they worked hard over the years to gather and then you take a check and then you go and blow away all of their savings? Man it doesn't get any lower than this. [In reference to Nevin Shapiro's $930 million dollar Ponzi scheme] It doesn't get any lower than this. You sit with people and you not only take money from these people and you go here and you rape these kids of their future."
You are referring to Nevin Shapiro's role in a $930 million dollar Ponzi scheme?
"Now get this and I say this too…we have to consider the source when we get stuff like this and hope the NCAA does too. This guys is and I had the guy on from Yahoo! today that did the article [Charles Robinson] and he was saying this guy says he doesn't care. He wants to die. He has sixteen years of sin. I said anytime you run into someone who is suicidal you better believe they are homicidal. If they don't care about their own life. They don't care about anybody else's life. Now if he is at place where he doesn't want to die then okay what is he going to do? He's going to reach up and bring down everybody. I'm not saying the things he said are not true. I am sure some of it is true, but in the middle of it I am going to blow it all up because let's remember he always wanted to be big time."
I want you to tell us what you told me off the air. Take us to Miami. What goes on that leads to a scandal like this?
"Well, what we were just talking about you get a lot of people saying how can this happen? We say things because we hear people say them and we don't think through what we are saying. This guy has convinced people to hand him over a billion dollars. Nevin Shapiro's has done this. He must of come and you know he did come with a stack of recommendations. Our culture and our society an eyewitness is everything. It puts people in prison. An eyewitness gets people out of prison. An eyewitness does. When we want to hire people we take in recommendations from others. Those are witnesses to the work ethic and kind of person this person is. She has a stack of recommendations from some very affluent people who have given him the sum of a billion dollars on her desk saying this is a good man and then…so her job is to bring in supplement money to go along with the money that is made out here playing football and all of those things. You have to in order to convince the boosters to give. What do you gotta do? You gotta bring the players around, so they feel like they are a part of something. So unknowingly and certainly I am sure not wanting to… she leads the players to the…[Max Kellerman: to the money?] You say that. I say she leads the players to the wolf dressed in sheep's clothing. She doesn't know. You are bringing them to the person with the money to try to convince the person to buy into the program. This is the process of business. This is what everybody must do."
What is your issue with this University of Miami scandal all together?
"Some kids you can say what you want. These young kids when you think about them looking at them when they are signing that letter of intent to go to their schools. They are going…this is their dream. They have worked so hard for this. This is what they are all about. They are so proud. Some of these kids will be tagged with bringing down the same university that they were so proud of signing that letter of intent to because of the snake we all know as Nevin Shapiro, because his inferiority complex knowing he could never be anything and I want to grab a hold of other people's success and try to be around it for a moment."
What do you think will happen to the University of Miami? What do you think needs to be changed to help college athletics?
"I hope all things are considered as to where the source is and where it is coming from in all of it with the kids. A lot of them have gone. There is still maybe 12 or 13 kids who are still on the squad. I hope they leave it in a place and I hope they consider coach Al Golden. Think about this. Coach Golden went to Temple and build that program up. He built it up. This man comes up the right way. He's earned it through hard work. One step after another. One foot after another. One foot in front of the other. I walk across the floor. I walk out the door to my success. He has earned it the hard way and here comes somebody who is a taker. There are two types of people, actually three. There are givers. There are takers and then they are some people that are just there and I will tell you this as I give this advice: you get all the givers around you can get. People don't just give money. They give advice. They give who they are. They give their spirit towards you. Now takers…you minimize those takers because those takers won't just take. You got to minimize those takers."
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