Luther Campbell, a notorious former front man for the rap group 2 Live Crew and booster for the University of Miami, told RivalsRadio on Wednesday that he was upset to hear that he was linked to the investigative story Yahoo! Sports produced on alleged wrongdoing at the University of Miami over the past decade.
Campbell, who currently serves as an assistant football coach at Miami (Fla.) Northwestern while running a youth program for kids in the city, said the source of the story - convicted felon and Miami booster Nevin Shapiro - has no credibility and is simply out to "bring down" the school.
Campbell said Shapiro's claims about the school are not true and he doesn't understand why Shapiro - who he says he has only met twice - would try to associate himself with Campbell.
"My reaction has been sickness and sad[ness]," Campbell told host Chris Childers. "The fact that this guy would mention my name - this Ponzi schemer. We all know Ponzi schemers are the worst thing in the world next to child abusers."
In a lengthy investigative piece that alleges numerous potential violations involving 72 University of Miami athletes from 2002-10, Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson that he was carrying on a role Campbell once played and that he earned a nickname because of it.
"Here's the thing: Luther Campbell was the first uncle who took care of players before I got going," Shapiro told Robinson. "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 association bothers Campbell.
"You can't be me," Campbell said. "Start a youth program for underprivileged kids 30 years ago ... help inner-city kids get into college, help them with their parents to get them going in the right direction so they won't go to jail. That sickens me when a guy says, 'Oh, I'm Little Luke.'
Campbell spoke on numerous topics involving Shapiro and the story.
Listen to all of Luke's quotes on RivalsRadio:
Luther describes his second encounter with Nevin Shapiro.
Luther reacts to the allegations by a guy he considers to be a "Ponzi schemer."
Campbell reacts to Nevin's nickname of "Little Luke."
Luther believes Shapiro is spilling his guts out of anger.
Campbell talks about the Miami program prior to Shapiro's incarceration and calls Nevin a crook.