Uncle Luke Sues Con Man & College Booster for Slander
Former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell is suing a a former University of Miami booster, and convicted Ponzi scheme con man for slander and defamation of his name, which stems from an investigative report conducted by Yahoo! Sports report.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday (Sept. 20), in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Campbell seeks more than $15,000 in damages from Nevin Shapiro, who currently sits in a federal prison for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme.
Shapiro claims he provided up to 72 Miami football players and recruits with prostitutes, money, televisions, cars and other benefits from 2002 to 2010. According to Shapiro, he referred to himself as "Little Luke" as a result of providing benefits to players in much the same way he alleges Uncle Luke once did.
"Here's the thing: Luther Campbell was the first uncle who took care of players before I got going," Shapiro explained in the report. "His role was diminished by the NCAA and the school, and someone needed to pick up that mantle. That someone was me. He was 'Uncle Luke,' and I became 'Little Luke.'
The suit details Nevin Shapiro's statements as false and that Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell never engaged in "illegal and immoral behaviors relative to college-age athletes."
Campbell has cleaned up his image as a one-time rap star whose lyrical focus was on scantily clad women and partying. Earlier this year, he attempted to run for mayor of his hometown of Miami. However, he was eliminated from the race yet accepting of his loss, stating he would "continue to be a voice for the disenfranchised whether I'm the mayor, a columnist, or a high school football coach."
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