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The last time University Of Miami super fan Nevin Shapiro was seen mentioned in this space, 2 Live Crew’s Luther Campbell was moved to stress the many ethical differences between himself and the convicted Ponzi schemer. Currently ensconced in the type of hotel where they don’t live mints by the pillow, Shapiro unloads to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson via email in a series of messages the latter claims, “paint the picture of a man determined to destroy the UM football program.”

“The public is going to hate me worse in the next coming months,” Shapiro, serving a 20-year sentence for a Ponzi scheme, wrote in numerous e-mails over the past few months. “It’s going to be severe and catastrophic. My feelings are getting inflamed and I’m going to pop off pretty soon with regards to them and the NCAA. I’m coming for them both [UM and former players] and I’m going to be successful.

“I’m taking that program down to Chinatown and the former players and links to that program. Why? 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].”

 Shapiro sounds like a desperate man, willing to say anything to exact revenge and still furious that “once the [ex-UM] players turned pro, they turned their back on me.” Incredibly, he says of himself, “I’m more of a victim than a Ponzi schemer and assailant.” The federal government doesn’t see it that way.