The Nark in Chinatown

By DJ Byrnes on February 17, 2012 at 1:45p
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There are many things going on this picture that just make me laugh. First, Kellen Winslow's super cool shirt already looks like it's from the 80's and he's wearing sunglasses inside. At least he has the excuse of youth. As for Shapiro? What the fuck is going on with his right wrist? What the hell kind of liquor is that? Is he sucking on a lollipop while posing for a picture? AN ABERCROMBIE SHIRT!!? This picture had me questioning the human long race long before I noticed the woman ensnared in a fish net and the shag carpet curtains and (presumably) cocaine residued mirrors in the background. F everybody.The most Miami picture ever will baffle future anthropologists.

I've never met Nevin Shapiro, but chances are, I wouldn't like him if I did. He seems like a poor human being. Granted, I'm a poor human being as well... as are most people reading this... but I believe Shapiro to be in another league of contemptibility. Shapiro was a scumbag long before he became a "renegade booster" at the U; though, I would argue Shapiro's "renegade booster" days were Nevin Shapiro at his most charitable. 

Granted, I don't know Nevin Shapiro's life story, but I doubt one gets to the head of a 930 million dollar ponzi scheme by making moral and ethical decisions throughout life. While still nefarious in nature, at least at Miami, Nevin Shapiro was spreading the wealth as opposed to leaving people broke and hopeless

The persona Shapiro had at Miami was as fraudulent as the money he used to purchase it, but Shapiro's weasel-like traits were with him long before Kellen Winslow was wrecking gold-plated jet-skis into his yacht. After turning state's witness to send another fraudster to prison, Shapiro had another moral awakening; this time against people he was salty with because he bought their company and then they didn't have his back when it turned out he was a sociopathic criminal on his way to Federal prison.

First, there was the infamous jailhouse interview with Yahoo!'s Charles Robinson, where the convicted felon hand-fed the "investigative journalist" stories about times he gave 18-22 year old athletes free money because they were good at a children's game involving an oval-shaped ball. He also took on his Schadenfreude-driven moral crusade against the institution itself, spilling beans about The U being more than willing to take his money. He did this all the while failing to mention American colleges will take almost anyone's money, even the money of sweatshop profiteers. The hoopla was as pathetic as it was ridiculous even before Jerry Sandusky's soul showed the world its remix on the word "sociopath." But because Nevin Shapiro's soul craves attention, he is back to his rantings and jailhouse threats; this time declaring he would be taking the U "down to Chinatown."

That's tough talk coming from a man who apparently used to go to the club in Abercrombie & Fitch shirts and drink Flower-liquor. However, seeing as Miami has returned Shapiro's money, those associates of Shapiro who are still at Miami have already been punished, Miami inflicted its own bowl ban, and Shapiro is rotting away in a federal penitentiary... I think it's time we officially retire this story and only bring it off the shelf when we want to reminisce on an era of simpler collegiate football scandals. 

Doing this would make Shapiro's deepest fears come to fruition. He would become irrelevant, which is what he deserves, because he is nothing more than a damned internet troll. The best way to defeat a troll is to ignore it, no matter what inane vitriol they're spraying from their poorly manicured fingertips. That's why I must ask the national media to do the responsible thing here, and quit feeding the troll by putting tape recorders under his fat mouth.

As the most genetically pasty person in the room, I understand White America's moral tittering when a "scandal" like this breaks. Young, athletically gifted black males have always made White America grind its teeth, let alone ones which are perceived to be getting breaks from an institution. (To be fair, this comes from the same people usually wondering what's up with the lack of a "White History Month".) The concept of a 20-year old Kellen Winslow Jr. ramming a gold-plated jet-ski into a yacht is red meat for these people, proven by the blow-up over Kellen Winslow Jr.'s heat-of-the-moment, "I'm a fucking soldier" rant. People like Orange Jim Rome were quick to wag their fingers at KW2, while always failing to correlate it to the bigger issue it hand. (Namely, if this was the product of a football culture which routinely uses phrases like "war in the trenches" to describe line-play and uses words like "courageous" to describe coaches going for it on fourth down.) Instead, people like Orange Jim Rome chose to scold an overly emotional teenager for saying something stupid in the heat of the moment. Neat.

Shapiro has already gotten what he wants... people know "Nevin Shapiro" is the name of a real person who actually existed. (He may pretend to revel in public hatred, but I for one only pity the man.) The fact I'm writing sixty thousand words pleading for people to ignore Nevin Shapiro speaks to what a master class level of troll he is. Why, though, must we give this man a platform for relevancy by allowing people who don't know anything about investigation (or have actual investigative power other than to intimidate 18-22 year old kids with control over their future) like the NCAA, when the final result will just punish people who had nothing to do with the original "crime" in the first place? Outside of the NCAA's dog and pony show, where would punishment be extolled with this brand of logic in Western Society? (This makes the NCAA no better than the steroid-saturated bouncer at a bar just looking to manhandle intoxicated kids half their size.)

The dirty secret of college football is it depends on rich boosters affiliated with schools to stay profitable. (#SHOUTOUT TO LES WEXNER'S WAR CHEST THO!!!!) Seeing as boosters and other well-wishers have been slipping cash to players since at least 1929, it would seem this issue would be impossible to regulate, especially since the NCAA is a bureaucratic monstrosity that would probably make Congress point and laugh, which is probably why Capitol Hill will come knocking soon.

RT @FriessThinktank: Back in my days, if you saw two dogs having sex you were required by law to shoot them both.How colleges in America still see themselves.

Colleges will usually be the first to say they stand entirely for the betterment of Man. Seeing as the NCAA is about student-athletes going professional in something other than sports, one would think the NCAA and colleges would have removed the concept of an "athletic booster" long ago; but then universities would lose the financing to a great drum to bang on every time they extended their other hand and asked for cash. Every big-time college may not have somebody as diabolical and sick as Nevin Shapiro, but they all certainly have boosters more than willing to make sure he's the guy "taking care" of the athletes moving an oval-shaped ball into designated touchdown areas on Saturdays. (Salutations to Bobby DiGeronimo, a grown-ass man who hid in an Ohio State locker in attempts to hear a pre-game speech from [the befallen] Jim Tressel in 2001, facilitated the compounding of Ohio State's mess with the NCAA in 2011, and is second only to Gene Smith in culpability for Ohio State's bowl ban in 2012.)

Snakes like Nevin Shapiro are inevitable given the NCAA's setup. The NCAA knows this, but they accept and rationalize the snakes' existence by putting in measures which have been intrinsically proven to be failures. Then, when the snakes bite naive 18-22 year olds, the 18-22 year olds get punished more than the snakes. Snitching can only go upwards, it cannot run down. That's the rules of the game Nevin Shapiro wanted to play, and those are the rules now that Shapiro has lost.

Nevin Shapiro's opinions on this matter should be forfeit until his debts to society have been paid. That's why I hope the next time somebody puts something close to Nevin Shapiro's mouth, it's a binkie en route to calming his next child-like outburst from his Federally funded time-out area.

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boojtastic's picture

Can we please all stop a moment and acknowledge that Miami University is in Oxford, Ohio, whereas the University of Miami is in the state of Florida?

Thank you. 

DJ Byrnes's picture

You are certainly allowed, but seeing as I despise both schools, I will continue to use whichever form fits my prose better. 

Anybody willing to whine on the issue can go to this link to submit their gripes to my inbox: 

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

boojtastic's picture

Despising Miami (OH) is kind of like having a rivalry with a toddler. You're better than that. 

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

Despising the people that go to school in Oxford is fine though. More tools than Home Depot.

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GABuckeye's picture

I went to Miami, and I will admit that there are a lot of tools that go there.  But I will also say there are a lot of tools at any school (including Ohio State).  

JasonBuck's picture

Can't please every body DJ....some of us have more time on our hands to nit pick articles, however I'm not one of those people!  Please continue (not that you need my permission) to rip the "U" in any fashion you deem necessary and fits your purpose!

DJ Byrnes's picture

smh re-reading that i came across as a dick, it wasn't my intention.

i don't have a rivalry with Miami University, i just don't like it. same way i dont have a "rivalry" with the guy at a bar with frosted tips and smelling like he bathes in cologne, i just don't like him.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

boojtastic's picture

That I can understand. I wasn't trying to be preachy either. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

Ironic choice of words. Doesn't that same guy you just described go to "That school in Oxford"? Sure sounds like every dude I met from that school...

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

GABuckeye's picture

It pains me to have to defend my school, but...  it is an extremely good school.  Yes there are a lot of frat guy tool boxes (one of which I was not).  But the thing most people don't know is that there are a lot of people at that school that pay their own way and are just as normal as you and I.  It is tough to look passed J. Crew U or whatever else you want to call it, but it is honestly not AS BAD as most people think. 

Irricoir's picture

I see the other incidents aren't isolated cases. I sense a pattern. You are not untouchable. Just because 11W doesn't care how you interact with their readers doesn't mean that future employers won't. No politics, nothing controversial. No reason to take this post down but I fully expect it to be removed.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

BuckPirate1981's picture

Funny you should mention that. I wonder then why people don't just refer to one Miami as MU and the other as UM, rather than Miami (OH) vs. Miami (FL)? Oh, because nobody cares <facepalm>

JasonBuck's picture

I agree with this article, however, I don't think this story will go away until the NCAA has handed down it's punishment.  I think we all can agree that eventually (and I won't claim to be the most up to date on where the NCAA stands on this issue) the NCAA will hand down some form of punishment outside of the U's self imposed bowl ban.  Does anyone know where the NCAA stands on this so far?

Maestro's picture

third

vacuuming sucks

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

I watched the "American Greed" piece about him on CNBC. that shit cray.

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Maestro's picture

I was at my 1st grader's Music Program last night.  They sang a song in honor of Black History Month among several others.   I wondered immediately thereafter how many people in the room were wondering why we don't have White History Month.

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cbusbuckeye's picture

that would be every other month of the year. If white people were a minority, they too would have their own month.

DJ Byrnes's picture

They also convienantly ignore the existence of things like Irish History Month.

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Maestro's picture

Yes, I wasn't wondering why there isn't White History Month.  I was wondering how many people in the room were though.

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Kwanblaze's picture

Because the eleven other months ARE white history month.

Maestro's picture

see above

vacuuming sucks

BuckPirate1981's picture

And as I read this I wondered immediately if you had not clicked on the link provided in the above article pertaining to this. And having done so, how many times during the reading of the listed tweats you shook your head wondering aloud to all that might hear, "how do they take my thoughts and put them on the screen this way? get out of my head, you evil tumblr you!"

Maestro's picture

To several above posts

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Enzo's picture

So the 18-22 year olds get a bye for breaking the rules, unfair or not, because they're being exploited by the big bad college Man? Sorry, I can't sympathise. Last I checked life isn't a show on the Disney channel. They'll be exploited by their agents, their insurance company, their government, their mobile provider, their future employers, their kids, their spouses, and their religion. There are worse alternatives to getting a free education, in exchange for being exploited by the college Man. 

DJ Byrnes's picture

I'm giving 18-22 year olds a pass in the same sense I'm giving everybody a pass who drives more than 65 miles per hour in the year 2012 down I-71. 65 miles per hour as a maximum speed on a freeway is as prepostrous as the idea of taking cash from somebody who wants to give it to you being a crime.

I also must laugh at your use and apparent understanding of this "free education" like it is somehow just easily earned or automatically creates material wealth forever. 

Everybody in America gets exploited. Most people in a billion dollar industry (at least in America) get compensated for this exploitation in $USD. Seeing as they don't, I'm much more accountable to hold the scumbags earning actual monetary wealth off all of this instead of a 20 year old kid who wants to ride a jet-ski.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

you really lost me on the speed limit thing.... are you saying it's too low or too high?

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DJ Byrnes's picture

I'm saying it's way too. 

 

smh... I can't type.

 

I'm saying it's way too low.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

BuckPirate1981's picture

I could not agree more that individuals have to have some accountability in their lives. At some point, you have to point the finger at yourself. That said, we all know teens aren't quite there yet with regards to maturity - it doesn't take some fancy studies to show it. Its for this reason that you have to feel sorry for these kids. Here you have an adult, that seemingly their coaches knew full well about and did nothing to stop, offering them all sorts of things kids want like I don't know cars/booze / women / abortions / video games /jewelry and such. Yes, they know the "rules," but when their role models - older players and coaches - are either looking away or taking part themselves, what are they supposed to think? I applaud the kids who didn't take anything from the guy, but I can only fault so much the kids who did, if for no other reason than, again, they are kids. 

The teenage brain is not just an adult brain with fewer miles on it,” says Frances E. Jensen, a professor of neurology. “It’s a paradoxical time of development. These are people with very sharp brains, but they’re not quite sure what to do with them. - Frances E. Jensen, Professor of Neurology, Harvard

All that again just to say let's make sure we point the finger at the people who really are to blame. The adults - people like Shapiro, and those who let this happen under their watch

ArTbkward's picture

The mouse-over on that top picture might be my favorite ever.  Can't leave out the fact that he's wearing a pinky ring.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

DJ Byrnes's picture

After all the time I spent laughing and looking at that picture, I am ashamed I missed the pinkie ring.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

NC_Buckeye's picture

I'm sorry... after what we've endured since Dec 2010, I think NCAA infractions should have a proportional response by the media.

Call it sour grapes, I don't care. We got mind-numbingly hammered by everyone for what seemed like years. The U's scrutiny hasn't come close to ours (by a mile) while their infractions are significantly worse.

Until such time as the media is holding everyone to the same bar they established in our case, then I say go crazy, Mr. Shapiro. Have a ball. Burn Rome for all I care.

NC_Buckeye's picture

Also. Is it just me or has the media fallen in love with Penn State since Paterno's death? *

To my knowledge nothing has changed there other than the absense of one of the characters involved in the coverup.

* (Exception being Deadspin. They're still on topic.)

BuckPirate1981's picture

Awesome. Good stuff btw DJ, have to say I agree - as I look outside my house across to the medical center and see the audacious new banner that reads "Thank you, Les!"  Granted, I think I'm cool with money donated towards something that will equate to I don't know should I have a heart attack or get hit by a truck perhaps living to tell about it. Rather than, say, blown on booze and strippers. Unless of course the booze and strippers are for me. In which case, high fives all around, here's hoping I don't have a heart attack or get hit by a truck!

 

thatlillefty's picture

DJ,

Are you even an Ohio State fan? Every week you write the same story about the dirty world of college athletics. We get it. Let's move on.

TheBadOwl's picture

I mean, nobody else is talking about the shitstorm on the horizon for Miami athletics...

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

buckeye76BHop's picture

Because there won't be any shitstorm on the horizon...that's why DJ's writing about this.  It's amazing how many ppl read these articles...but yet don't understand them...and still write comments.  Good artilce DJ...too bad even (so called) OSU fans don't get it.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

NW Buckeye's picture

No, DJ's writings are mostly because he believes that college athletics should go pro.  He does not value a scholarship as sufficient reimbursement for the services offered by 18-24(or greater) year old adults.  As such, he gets quite angry when said adults get punished for violating NCAA rules/policies.  He will not be satisfied until the entire collegiate sports system is run like the pro system with players getting paid similarly for their services.  I am sure a farm system like what MLB has created would be far superior to what we now have with this terrible system called college sports.  After all, those professional minor league baseball players are really raking in the big bucks as most of them can't even afford tuition at community colleges.   

Yes, DJ's posts will continue to point out the short fallings of the current system.  As noted by even biblical references, you can easily find the negatives in anything operated by humans.

NC_Buckeye's picture

I have to confess NW that I've been having a similar reaction every time I read one of these pieces.

So let's say these athletes start getting paid. Is it a competitive salary or just a stipend-like salary (IOW everyone gets the same pay)? Some have argued here that players should be paid according to their abilities. Let the market decide, right?

What about their status as students? A lot of these guys have no interest in getting a degree and bolt to the NFL at the first opportunity. Why bother making them be students? It's a ruse and hypocritical so get rid of it, right?

Well, if they are no longer students and football is actually their job then they really shouldn't be associated with the university. We're talking about the Columbus Buckeyes at that point not the Ohio State Buckeyes. And that's when I stop following the team. I have no common ground with those Buckeyes. 

For the record, I think the rules for revenue players are going to have to change. The schools are going to have admit these guys are quasi-amateur... but they are still amateur. By that I mean they should get a uniform stipend, are students working towards a degree, and may NOT receive any benefits outside their stipend.

And at some point, university presidents are going to have to force the issue with NFL & NBA owners about the creation of NFL & NBA farm systems. Guys who don't have any interest in being a student shouldn't be forced into higher ed because it's the only access method for getting into the NFL & NBA. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

Pretty crappy that he held a gun to your head and made you read this entirely mandatory article too right?

 

Oh wait....

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

NW Buckeye's picture

You bring up a good point.  I was actually surprised I read the entire article.  Lately I have been seeing his name at the beginning of a post and just skipping it entirely.  Ramzy expresses similar cynicism, yet I find his posts more entertaining.  It just seems like DJ is kicking a dead horse to death. 

Much like the incessant rants about Bollman on this site.  I get that he was not the best OC around, but every time I see a reference to him I just skip over the comments - nothing new can be said.  DJ's rants about the injustices facing college athletes will continue, and I, like a few others, will just skip over them.  I'm sure many will find them fascinating and continue to read. 

I had hoped that this post would take a fresh look at the Shapiro situation, but it was just the same old DJ rant about the evils of college athletics.  And, it seemed to trivialize what has actually happened at UM in the name of special consideration for college adults kid athletes.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

NW Buckeye's picture

Not mad at all, DJ.  Actually amused by your musings......  

DJ Byrnes's picture

what do u want me to write about lefty, give me another angle to bash ohio state from and i will gladly bludgeon them with some words on the internet.

666. hail hoke, hail hoke, hail hoke.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

elloyd1681's picture

I'm from Ohio.  I graduated from high school in 1985.  At that time, everyone in the state was a Buckeye fan.  I certainly was.  But, in those days Ohio State had a pretty poor undergraduate reputation, deserved or otherwise.  Miami had a stellar one with difficult admissions, to boot.  So, being accepted to Miami, I went there while maintaining my love of the Buckeyes.  I often came across people that said mean and spiteful things about Miami and people who went there.  I've never understood the need to brush such wide strokes.  It seems so childish.  As a card carrying liberal democrat, I didn't agree with a lot of the conservative politics at Miami.  But, I knew a heck of a lot of really good and decent people who went there.  I left Ohio for California in 1990.  It's interesting to see that some of that same silliness still exists.  Oh well, Go Bucks!

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

I'm assuming you're speaking of Miami U and not the Hurricanes, right?

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GABuckeye's picture

^^^^this...  Go Redski... I mean Redhawks!  I, unfortunately, am a Redhawk as apposed to a Redskin.  

Having said this, I'm a die hard Buckeye fan, but for some reason I despise them in hockey.  It might be because ever since I've attended Miami, we've dominated them in hockey.... just saying.

I can see why people can make fun of Miami, but don't understand why people dislike the school.  Oh well.... someday.

ARMYBUCK's picture

Want some more of the same silliness?  Card carrying liberal democrats belong in California anyway.  Enjoy! 

TLB's picture

^^This

 

Love and Honor

elloyd1681's picture

Oh I am enjoying it.  Thanks for your well wishes! 

buckeye76BHop's picture

Screw Miami...either one of em for that matter.  It's going to be a shame when the NCAA liars only slap the "U" with minor sanctions.  I swear...if by them sitting out a bowl game last year means they don't get a bowl ban in 2013...I may vomit right after hearing the verdict.  Not to mention I may start a fire Gene Smith website...because OSU's athletic director could have been a blind/deaf guy and still got Urban to come back home (So PLEASE don't defend GS with stuff about that fellow readers).  This guy must GO if the "U" doesn't get anything...which they won't...take it to the bank folks.  

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

WildMan Leather and Lace's picture

 As I was laughing at how stupid of an idea a "White History Month" would be, I suddenly realized how stupid Black History Month really is... Good article though 

BuckGuy003's picture

Really like this site, its a fans dream. But not a fan of bringing up race. Im half white and I wouldnt say im offended but i expected more out of a buckeye site. Keep the great articles coming. leave the racism out of it. Ruins it.

NC_Buckeye's picture

Agreed. I'm a white guy. I think black-white relations is still far from a harmonious relationship in the home state. But I think all can agree that being a Buckeye should be above the fray.

We're all brothers and sisters when it comes to the scarlet and gray.

I recommend to the 11-W staff that race be added to the commenting policy in addition to politics and religion. Not a topic for discussion on this site.

BuckGuy003's picture

The comments are one thing, when the authors of the articles are taking shots at the white race its unprofessional