Former Cowboys great and NFL Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin joined ESPN Radio Los Angeles this morning to discuss, what else, the Nevin Shapiro-University of Miami scandal that has permeated every sports news medium in the country over the last 48 hours.
Though Irvin never met Shapiro--he attended “The U” from 1985-87--he was understandably animated in discussing the subject, at the heart of which is his alma mater.
“I said this too though and I’ll be honest with you, I would have fell to those aphrodisiacs that he was throwing around,” Irvin said of Shapiro on Thursday, via the Dallas Morning News. “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 45! I just got here. If you would have offered me boats, women, and my hands are up in the air.”
More even than the scandal at the University of Miami--which threatens the future of the football program in a very real way--Irvin is incensed by the crime that originally landed the former Hurricane booster in federal prison, orchestrating a $930 million Ponzi scheme.
“I called him a snake and rapist because think about it this way … he’s snaking people, but you are a rapist,” Irvin said. “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.”
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