Luther Campbell: ‘If You Read The Book You’ll Find Out Why I Paid Players’

Former rapper Luther Campbell dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming release of his book, “The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice and Liberty City,” which is due out August 4.

“The book is about my life story – the ups, downs, trials and tribulations,” Campbell said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “Everybody wants to know whether I paid University of Miami football players off. That’s in the book. Me discovering Pitbull when he was a young guy. All that’s in the book. And a lot of history about Miami as well.”

Campbell, a Miami native, paid University of Miami football players in the late-1980s and early 1990s, helping the Hurricanes achieve success by attracting and keeping star players.

“When you read the book, you’ll find out (why I paid players),” Campbell said. “There was a lot of guys who was going through hardships. Guys had kids. Guys (who were not on scholarship) were breaking into other kids’ rooms to pawn their stereos and all these different things like that. I said, ‘Look, guys, if you need money that bad, call me up before you go commit a crime. Because the opportunity that you have at the University of Miami is to be able to get your education. You may not play a down in the NFL.’”

Campbell knew that giving players money was wrong, but he also felt that not giving them money was wrong.

“I’m sitting there between a rock and a hard place,” he said. “I got the means of being able to help some of these kids. Before you make that mistake, man, just call me up. I’ll give you some money for (diapers) for your kids or money to send home to your parents (or money) for you to be able to buy some clothes. You would watch these guys get on the airplane, and they would have holes in their shoes. But they’re getting ready to go play a football game with a stadium of 100,000 people. So it was just a problem with that for me.”

Campbell, 54, also opened up about his “rock and roll” lifestyle as a member of 2 Live Crew.

“Well, I was always a guy that never . . . touched any drugs,” Campbell said. “Because I grew up around drugs living in Liberty City. Drugs was everywhere. At one point in my life, for a small period of time, I sold drugs. I talk about that, which is something that I’m not happy about, but I teach kids that you don’t have to do that in life to be successful.”

While Campbell didn’t touch drugs, he did touch other things.

“The sex, yeah, it was there every day,” he said. “You got the girls coming in the hotels. They coming in, coming out. The parties, the three girls at one time and the four girls at one time – it was rock and roll. I always considered ourselves as a rock-and-roll band more so than a hip-hop band. A hip-hop band wants to go to the club and shoot the place up. We were much more rock and roll.”

Campbell, who is now married, was asked if he has ever been approached by women with whom he had sexual encounters but didn’t remember.

“Quite a few times,” he said, chuckling. “Quite a few times. One thing about me, I always was picky about who I slept with, but there has been a couple times (where the woman remembered me and I didn’t remember her). I’m like, ‘Oh, okay, I think I (remember).’ But I don’t remember.”

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