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Louisville starts Ethical Leadership Program 17 years too late


Today, the University of Louisville announced the formation of a $2.1 million ethical leadership program aimed at rebuilding its athletic department’s reputation. Unfortunately, it’s about 17 years too late for that.

The program will be funded by the school and Adidas, which is especially ironic considering that yesterday, former Adidas executive James Gatto, would-be agent Christian Dawkins, and former Adidas consultant Merl Code, were convicted on felony charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Speaking of the college hoops trial, Rick Pitino’s attorney put out a lengthy response to the verdict today, claiming it proved there was “not a scintilla of proof that Pitino committed any NCAA violation, let alone any crime.”

Finally, the government was clear in its closing argument that no Louisville coaches knew about the scheme to pay Bowen Sr. And in the government’s rebuttal summation, it cited evidence that suggested the defendants took pains to avoid telling Pitino about their conspiracy.

Both sides in this case used Rick Pitino to further their own ends. Perhaps for publicity, perhaps to shift blame. At bottom, there is no proof that Rick Pitino knew about or was involved in the illegal payments. His banishment from the college game is unfair, unwarranted and unjust.

Did his lawyer miss the part where Bowen’s father admitted that former UofL assistant Kenny Johnson paid him $1,300 for rent? Because that definitely happened.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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5 responses to “Louisville starts Ethical Leadership Program 17 years too late”

  1. zoupman

    Is this a joke. UL is starting an ethical program and Adidas is the sponsor?

  2. makeitstop

    This is a serious question: is Rick Pitino working for the Saudi public information office? Their denials have that same, Joe Pesci “ok ok ok this is what happened” style.

  3. SuperTroy18

    I honestly thought this was an “Onion” article when I read the headline.

  4. sprtphan

    Must be a Herald Larder article.

  5. CPACAT

    Yeah, I was fully expecting this to be a Harold Leeder story…. it’s nice when they are a parody of themselves.