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Rick Pitino Cries Innocence as The Washington Post Reviews his Records


Since Rick Pitino lost his job at the University of Louisville, he’s proclaimed innocence.  As FBI investigators connected Coach-2 to the pay-for-play college basketball scandal, he admitted no fault.

Unable to shut his mouth, the more Pitino has talked, the more defiant he has become.  The last we heard from Slick Rick, he told Jeff Goodman he’s ready to coach again, and he’s prepared to reveal any and all documents to prove his innocence.  The Washington Post took him up on that offer.

Will Hobson met with Pitino for more than two hours in Miami after Pitino allowed a reporter to comb through transcripts of his text messages to different parties in the scandal.  The immense report paints a much clearer picture of the scandal as we know it.  Most importantly, it provides hilarious quotes like this:

I wish I was on a wiretap, because that would declare my innocence, 100 percent,” Pitino said.

The timing of the story is impeccable.  Last night Marc Stein of The New York Times reported Pitino is a candidate for the Milwaukee Bucks’ head coaching vacancy.  Pitino once again reiterated his desire to return to coaching, but the greatest revelation from the WaPo story is what Rick has been doing since he was fired.

He spends his days in the gym and on the golf course. He’s been doing more reading; concerned friends have sent along self-help books. When he wants solitude, Pitino takes his boat, The Floating Cardinal — “I know, I’m going to change the name,” he said — on a short trek over to Shuckers, a dockside bar attached to the back of a Best Western where the locals tend to leave him be as he sits at the bar, orders a salad and watches a game.

Rick Pitino is reading self-help books at the Best Western bar.  How the mighty have fallen.

[The Washington Post]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

17 responses to “Rick Pitino Cries Innocence as The Washington Post Reviews his Records”

  1. sprtphan

    Maybe he should have his mental health evaluated while he’s not that busy.

  2. Biglaw Dawgin'

    Good line. But that bar is actually pretty cool. Except that one time the dock broke. Still, it’s cool.

  3. ukbradstith

    You know maybe he is innocent. Really deep down I don’t think he knew. He’s guilty of being naive and other salacious behavior, but I don’t think it will be proven he had direct involvement.

    1. secrick

      Go away Terry Miener, we know that’s you.

  4. jaws2

    Just go away, please.

  5. mrwayne

    Maybe he should rename the boat the Fallen Cardinal?

    1. RealCatsFan

      Nah, I vote for “Liquid A$$-ets”, or of course, “Breaking Cardinal Rules”. 😀

    2. 4everUKblue

      15 Seconds of Shame or Prison B!tch

  6. ol adam

    Mike Marra is the greatest shooter ever.

  7. Tipa

    The best line in the article;

    “On June 1, news that Bowen was committing to Louisville began to circulate. Gatto, the Adidas executive, left Pitino a voice mail.

    “Heard the good news, um, it’s going to be great, and I’m excited for you guys,” Gatto said, according to Pitino’s records. Pitino didn’t call back, instead texting the next day, asking for a pair of Yeezys, Kanye West’s shoe line with Adidas.”

  8. Han

    Again, with this “I knew nothing” defense, why does he think it’s so much better if he twice was unaware that guys he hired were cheating under his nose? Does he not realize monitoring his team and staff is part of a head coach’s job?

  9. Suffering Fools

    “A floating Cardinal” sounds like a euphemism.

  10. slangterm

    “Paints a much clearer picture of the scandal as we know it” Please, enlighten us. I’m not paying to read that. I wonder if the gas pumps on Arthur st still beg for .50 cents?

  11. UKinIN

    Tried to read the Post article but started to choke. Just couldn’t swallow it.

  12. Cryingtheblues

    I’m sure he had a throw away phone when he was doing his dealings. He’s too smart than to be talking on his personal phone.

    1. RealCatsFan

      This ^^^

  13. RealCatsFan

    So Pitino spends his time hanging out in the bar at the local Best Western? Wow, talk about a fall from grace. Wonder if Norm is sitting down at the end of the bar. I can’t muster up a lot of sympathy for him – a lot of us would love to be spending our golden years down in Florida in the local bars and golf courses or tooling around on a boat. Rough life, Rick. I’ll be lucky if I’m not living in a cardboard house the way things are going. 😉