Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 at 12:12 pm  |  45 responses

Pitino Scandal (UPDATED)

According to multiple reports, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has admitted to the police that he had consensual sex with Karen Cunagin Sypher, not raping her as she claims, at a Louisville restaurant where he’d been drinking on Aug. 1, 2003. It is also being reported that he told police that he gave her $3,000 to have an abortion. Sypher has peaded not guilty after being indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiring to extort money from Pitino in exchange for her silence about the alleged crimes as well as lying to the FBI.

Later on this afternoon Pitino’s lawyer, Steve Spence, told ESPN that his client meant that he paid $3,000 for insurance, not abortion. “The way this has been reported in the media is not accurate,” Pence told The Associated Press. “The coach has not done anything illegal.” New reports state that Sypher told Pitino she was going to have an abortion but didn’t have any health insurance, so he gave her the $3,000.  The Louisville Courier-Journal has made Pitino’s contract public, including its “Termination for Just Cause,” section (page 8, section 6) that includes a morality clause, which allows for him to be fired for acts of “moral depravity.” University of Louisville president James Ramsey and athletic director Tom Jurich have made it clear thus far that they stand by Pitino and his family. Pitino is expected to make a comment at 6:30 P.M.

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  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/nba/overdribbling/index276 chiqo

    so did rick have to convince the woman that larry bird, kevin mchale and robert parish weren’t walking through the bathroom door before she agreed to get it on in said bathroom?

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Foxnews is going to be all over this guy.

  • http://djsklfl.com Jukai

    I’ll betcha Karen Cunagin Sypher is somehow under the employment of John Calipari

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Damn Rick.

  • Gym Rat

    Who has sex at a restaurant? Classy!

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    Can’t wait to get home and write a scathing opus on this. It always helps to have interesting this to write about in the offseason! Thanks Ricky!

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    The Bill Clinton of college coaches.


    “I once got busy in a Burger King bathroom” Shock G/Digital Underground. LOL

  • James

    finally i have somethin in common with a relatively famous person….well except for the paying for the abortion. i always wear a rubber. always strapped!

  • izzo

    As if you needed another reason to dislike college coaches….

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    lol @ Chiqo….. Isnt he married?

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Rick….what’s really good?

  • http://www.sprint.com/pre dma

    Well, the good news is that Pitino isn’t a black guy or else the media really would have killed him.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    DMA ftw.


    We’ll see if he gets the backlash that my man Steve McNair got. R.I.P

  • http://Nationofmillions.ca Ciolkstar

    What a slimeball

  • eugene

    Slick Rick!

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    A few weeks ago the hype was all about AI,Boozer, and David Lee possibly moving to new teams…. Now we have stories about Big Baby not tweeting, and B-Diddy getting ripped off… I wanna see some player movement! Leon Powe to cavs, ok..

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I read Slam #131 cover to cover, must say its not their best work, however it IS Slam so its still better then any other mags out there.. What caught my eye was the SLAMADAMONTH (pg.38) In the top leftish corner you got a guy below the magic logo wearing a suit and undoubtedly dropping the F-bomb, and above him, an old man looking like hes seconds away from death. And majority of the females in this picture arent even looking at the dunk happening, but spacing-off into the crowed.

  • Josh

    If Rick Pitino was black, or if this were a black head coach, the way ESPN is covering this would be completely different. I guarantee you they would put him on the cross for this, if not outright call for his firing. There would be no question of whether or not it was o.k. to delve into his personal life, no question about whether or not he hurts UL’s image. He would be vilified. ESPN actively partakes in a bigoted double standard, and will continue to do so in this case.

  • VA

    I hope rick gets fired, u dont have sex wit a women when u r married and have 5 FREAKIN KIDS. If my dad did dat, hell i would beat the living hell out of him. I hope rick becomes hated and gets fired. DOWN WITH STUPID RICK!

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    My favorite tweet regarding this mess “Your husband is not walking through that door…” #rickpitinopickuplines.

  • nosmelone

    Thats why I never eat at TGIFriday’s. If its not the annoying clutter on the wall, the buttons all over the workers, the half hour wait for the food, then its the employees hinting to me that they are about to take a bathroom break!

  • James

    what in the world is bossterry talkin about

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If this doesn’t qualify under moral depravity, not sure what does…

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Im very surprised that people with strong anti-abortion feelings arent all over this story…

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Rick Pitino kills babies!!!

  • http://www.double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!!

    Just saw this chick Rick smashed, not hot.

  • http://www.double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!!

    Bet he keeps his job….Mike Vick can’t sniff one.

  • http://IJustWantMyNameToLookBig Chukaz

    Can we drop this “if he were black” bullsh*t? If this dude were black he probably wouldn’t even be a head coach. Name 3 black dudes that coach a relevant program. No? Name 2. No? Try naming one.

  • http://slamonline Sir Charles


  • dallaspennisthedevil

    everyone has a cause they believe in for some is poverty, others is education but for me is for black people to stop playin the race card for everything. you can help the next time something happens like you miss the train or it rains and you are about to play the race card try to think other factors besides race. remember we can all do our part

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    BossTerry Posted: Aug.12 at 6:32 pm
    Im very surprised that people with strong anti-abortion feelings arent all over this story…
    Most people (like myself) that are against abortion, are actually even moreso against sex outside of the marital arrangement, which you need to ‘undergo’ prior to conceiving a child (this is generally the case, whereas technology today, what with all their test tubes and whatnot…).
    That was Rick’s first mistake right there.

  • ED

    Coaching career status: Over

  • Son of Shawn

    What an offseason: AI without job, Marb(le) Madness on the web, Pitino´s Scandal, Reggie´s Scandal, Rubio´s contract issues, Baron´s stolen images(Teri Hatcher?, Jessica Alba?, Kate Hudson?,… Steve Nash?), and today is only Aug. 13

  • nickbean

    Does anybody else think that chick Pitino smashed looks like a skinnier version of Dog the Bounty Hunter’s wife? Must have been the ac ac ac ac acahol

  • jay

    Can the coach get some? for 3 grand he deserves the finest dinner experience….

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    He should keep his job, but be put on a probationary period, because he is not practicing what he preaches. He probably tells the guys, to leave woman alone, focus on college and sports, but he can’t hold his own. He is a great coach, but his private life in the dark, should not hurt his public job and ESPN, is giving him a pass, just like Big Ben, they get a pass. That’s the world we live in.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries


  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries

    really? the story is about r a p e but you can’t say it in comments? bleh

  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries

    Ok – I know nothing about the story but when on earth can we get an equitable law concerning r4pe that goes both ways. I r4pe you, OK I do time my life is over and in the snitter – fair is fair. However, you accuse me of r4pe, lie about it and nothing happens to you? Oh hell no. It’s 2009 and times need to change – harsher penalties for r4pists fine. But total impunity for the false accusers? Them days really should be over. You should have to think just as hard about lying about r4pe and how it will (should) ruin your life as I think of all the reasons not to commit such an act. Equal rights? Fine, equal punishment then. The only alternative is that after a night of sex where the female “bummed me out” for whatever reason I decide, I should be just as able to go falsely screaming r4pe and have her locked up. Fair is fair peoples.

  • izzo

    Morality clauses? Chr*st.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I agree with you Dacre..

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Geez, it was just sex and money afterwards. Do I think its ok for him to cheat on his wife-NO. But I dont think he should lose his job over it. Remember when Ewing, and many other Knicks got some heat for having sex with underaged girls… None of them were banned from the NBA.

  • TheHEZ

    @Chukaz: John Thompson and Tubby Smith. And he has point, ESPN was asking the question of whether or not it was right to get into Rick’s personal life tuesday on OTL. Ben Roethlisberger is getting a pass too, the same pass Kobe didn’t get in 2003. There’s def. a double standard in the sports media.