Should Rick Pitino resign amid UofL recruiting scandal allegations?
10/20/2015 06:13 PM
LOUISVILLE — What was already a major scandal broke wide open Tuesday morning when five former University of Louisville basketball players and recruits confirmed they attended parties at a campus dorm that included strippers sexual activities with escorts paid for by the team’s former graduate assistant coach, Andre McGee.
ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported the newest wave of shocking allegations aimed at the Cardinals’ basketball program, stating the the acts in questions occurred under current head coach Rick Pitino from 2010 to 2014.
- “I knew they weren’t college girls,” one UofL recruit, who ultimately signed with another school, told ESPN. “ It was crazy. It was like I was in a strip club.”
The scandalous revelations are detailed in “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” a tell-all book published earlier this month by self-described former Louisville escort Katina Powell, who alleges she help facilitate nearly two dozen stripping and sex parties for UofL basketball recruits, players, and family members inside Billy Minardi Hall over the last four years.
Pitino has adamantly denied any involvement or knowledge in the alleged activities, and publicly called for McGee, his former assistant now at he University of Missouri-Kansas City, to come forward with the truth.
- “I don’t know if any of this is true or not,” Pitino told ESPN by phone Tuesday. “There’s only one person who knows the truth, and he needs to come out and tell the truth to his teammates, to the University of Louisville, to his fans and to his coaches that have taught him to do the right thing for years and allowed him to be part of something special here.”
KSTV tried to make sense of the shocking allegations, asking whether or not Pitino should still resign amid the ongoing scandal: