Jonathan Vilma and Luther Campbell spar over Miami fandom

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“Nobody wins when the family feuds,” Shawn Corey Carter.

I’m a fan of the pugilistic arts, also known as the “sweet science,” better known as boxing. Nothing beats a good heavyweight boxing match. Wednesday night, Twitter witnessed a great sparring match between John Vilma and Uncle Luke who were going at it about loyalty to “The U.”

It all started with a picture of Luke – Luther Campbell – on the sidelines of a Miami practice.

Miami fans – and apparently legendary Hurricanes linebacker Jonathan Vilma – think Luke is a fraud of a Hurricane because of him allegedly sending top recruits he has influence with to schools other than Miami.

What ensued was the most epic and reckless rant of receipts that I have seen on a rival’s Twitter.

I say reckless because the exchange includes allegations they better hope the NCAA wasn’t paying attention to.

Both posted good arguments.

Vilma accuses Luke of being bought by agents and told him to put his money where his mouth is. Luke told Vilma we know you’re bought by Nevin Shapiro. I find both ironic since Luke threatened to tell the NCAA and threatened to try giving the program the death penalty if they didn’t start a QB he liked; Vilma was one of the guys featured during the ESPN “30 for 30” film about the outlaw Canes.

It was all great entertainment that got Miami Twitter split, FSU and other rival Twitters crying-laughing, and guys who know both individuals a bit perplexed.

Luke said something interesting in all of this, “i don’t know you bro.”

That actually made me sit back and think about what I just witnessed this past weekend in Tallahassee. These are two guys who are very visible to UM, one being an alumni and the other being a notable fan, who probably could’ve hashed this out behind closed doors.

There are guys I’ve taken issue with over the years about how they’ve talked to those involved, to others about, and how they helped the program at FSU. I respect the fraternity and our brotherhood forged through mat drills. But you’ll never hear me go at someone who loves the program on a public forum. The only thing that matters is the program and how it looks. Now, as a writer, I have an obligation, but it’s strictly about the product. Nothing personal.

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