08.11.09

A Brutal Blow To Rick Pitino’s Papal Candidacy

Posted in Basketball, College Spurts at 10:36 pm by

Following a claim last April that University of Louisville Men’s basketball head coach Rick Pitino was the target of an extortion attempt by, well, the towel guy’s wifethe Courier-Journal’s Andrew Wolfson reports that Pitino, in the words of Jimmy Swaggart, has strayed.

University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino told police that he had consensual sex with Karen Cunagin Sypher at a Louisville restaurant where he’d been drinking on Aug. 1, 2003.

He also told police that he later gave Sypher $3,000 to have an abortion, according to Louisville Metro Police reports The Courier-Journal obtained under the Kentucky Open Records Act.

But Pitino denied Sypher’s allegations that he raped her at Porcini, after the restaurant closed, and again a few weeks later at a different location, police records show. And prosecutors who have reviewed Sypher’s claims say Pitino won’t be charged.

Pitino’s lawyer, Steve Pence, said Tuesday that he wouldn’t allow his client to be interviewed by The Courier-Journal. In a written statement, Pence said Pitino will œcontinue to work though this matter privately with his family. Pence also noted that Sypher is under indictment and that Stengel’s office has rejected her allegations.

University President James Ramsey released a statement Tuesday night saying: œSeveral months ago Coach Pitino informed me about the alleged extortion attempt. I’ve now been informed that there may be other details which, if true, I find surprising. My thoughts are with Coach Pitino and his family.

3 Responses to “A Brutal Blow To Rick Pitino’s Papal Candidacy”

  1. Susan says:

    $3000 for just one abortion? Where I come from, that’ll get you at least six.

  2. kt says:

    came to echo susan’s comment.

  3. David Williams says:

    And now it emerges that his contract has a morals clause.

    Sorry, “moral DEPRAVITY” clause. So he might be ok.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2009/08/12/2009-08-12_rick_pitino_sex_scandal_could_cost_louisville_basketball_coach_his_job_under_mor.html

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