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Rick Pitino Pens Two-Page Letter to Supporters that “Tells the Truth and the Only Truth”


Two years after the world discovered parties with prostitutes were used to recruit basketball players at Billy Minardi Hall, Rick Pitino is still defending his case.  This time it’s in the form of a two-page letter.

The letter was sent to KSR by a little birdie and is addressed to the “Friends of the Ville.”  The group is described as “close supporters” of the program, most likely a group of donors.  Pitino attempts to use the letter to reassure the close supporters that everything will be alright.  He does so by telling his side of the story, or as he puts it, “The truth and the only truth.”

Pitino begins by issuing a New Yorker’s threat to anyone that would do anything to dishonor Billy Minardi’s name.  That’s followed by his recollection of the first conversation Pitino had with Andre McGee after the news broke.  Still trying to debate the NCAA, he states:

“Did the NCAA enforcement staff believe that Andre would ever tell the truth if we were face to face? Absolutely not.  He would have lied and lie some more.  He knew what that dorm meant to me.”

Pitino finishes the letter by referencing Bernie Madoff, the Karen Syphor incident and says, “I am not concerned about the outside world and what they think.”

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When this scandal started two years ago, Rick was advised to keep his mouth shut.  Two years later he still can’t help himself.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

48 responses to “Rick Pitino Pens Two-Page Letter to Supporters that “Tells the Truth and the Only Truth””

  1. TBW3011

    Breaking news: Pitino was just struck by lightning.

  2. Mathlete

    He misspelled the title, too many Ls in “Friends of the Vile”

  3. Realme

    That scumbag is more worried about his own reputation than he is about having overseen the utter degradation of the program. He’s like a parody of his evil self at this point.

    1. CopenhagenCat

      Got that right. I always told my friends he lies about everything. I have never seen a coach so full of it.

  4. 4everblue

    This story is almost as believable as the one about giving Karen Sypher $3000 for insurance (cough abortion)!

  5. 4everblue

    Love the part about being in this business to teach young men how to reach their potential off the court….that is a real knee slapper, so many ways to go with that.

  6. dougdunlevy

    Hello all,
    As a Louisville fan I have stepped foot into hostile ground I realize that. I visit this site from time to time to see the opinions of the other side. I just now made a login just so I could post a comment. I’m not going to attack anyone and I’d like to be treated the same. I’m not here to take up for Pitino or anything. Only thing I’ll ask, and I really don’t want to sound like I’m accusing Kentucky fans of anything, I promise, so if everything is true, why is law enforcement not seeking to arrest Katina or McGee? I’m 100% completely not saying that just because they aren’t behind bars that Louisville is innocent. I just don’t understand how there is no criminal case with this. Appears to me it’s only a NCAA case.

    Love the rivalry, I hate this for my team, I know you don’t care. I’d take the shirt off my back for anyone in need. Kentucky fan or not. Swear on my momma.
    Thanks,
    Doug

    1. Luether

      Legitimate questions…

    2. BobKYCats

      Statute of limitations is one year.

    3. lribookend

      I believe there are big differences between NCAA guidelines/rules and legal/civil violations. The standards are far different. The evidence for prostitution/child trafficking were not strong enough for a criminal indictment, but the NCAA had plenty of evidence to conduct an internal investigation. The NCAA has its own rules and regulations and enforces them independently of the federal, state, or local laws. Part of this has to do with requests for investigation/prosecution. Apparently,j the LAST thing uofl wants is for staff to go under oath with criminal authorities. The positives are greatly outweighed by the negatives of testifying by Andree McGee and recruits/players/assistant coaches.

    4. dougdunlevy

      Luether, I don’t want to sound like an ass, but I don’t understand the comment. Sorry.
      BobKYCats, that is true. But shouldn’t she have been arrested when the book came out?

      I know it may seem that I am, but I am not trying to start a debate and don’t want this to get ugly. I don’t want to offend anyone.

    5. BobKYCats

      Book came out over a year after the activities stopped.

    6. Booby Petrino

      Luether is a fellow Card, but he’s a troll, not like what you’re doing here. So he’s agreeing with your statement.

      There could be so many reasons. It takes more evidence than a book “confession” to convict. Her daughters were not going to testify against her. I would imagine the police didn’t want to drag the kids (recruits) in to testify if the kids weren’t interested in doing so. Talking to the ncaa bc you want to play ncaa basketball is one thing, testifying in court is another. Its embarrassing for he families, is a hassle. No UofL player was gonna testify against her for sure. It just wasn’t considered worth it to pursue, the time and money involved. That’s my opinion

    7. Booby Petrino

      Charges would’ve been more likely to be pursued if the kids involved were still underage. In cases where the information comes out after the involved parties are adults, it just isn’t as big of a concern to pursue.

    8. dougdunlevy

      Iribookend, I understand. I just think, strictly my opinion, that if within the book, Katina said she was paid money for her and her underage daughters to perform sexual services, that is admitting to illegal prostitution and should be punished by law. Nothing I can do about it. UK is the enemy, but I wouldn’t wish this shit on anyone. Because as fans, I’m not a donor or anything, don’t have that kind of money, we did nothing wrong(except cheering for the cards, I know, lol) I’ll still be a fan just as my grandfather was. Y’all know how it is. It’s family tradition as hank jr said it best.

    9. 4everblue

      It’s ok but Luether is the ass on here!

    10. dougdunlevy

      Thanks everyone for the good civilized replies. Like I said I just like to see what the other side thinks and I have gained knowledge from this. I love to talk smack during football and basketball season, believe me, but we’re all human beings and I respect everyone. Hope everyone has a good evening and get ready for the rain Friday! Might be flooding in the Ohio valley. Have a good night everyone.

    11. BBNBRIAN

      Because certain individuals from U of L would be forced to testify under oath in a court of law. That will not happen.

    12. Mathlete

      The grand jury they were put in front of decided not to indict them due to a lack of evidence The cops looked into it and the people who would have prosecuted them declined to do so. The standard for evidence in a civil proceeding (more likely than not) is MUCH lower than for a criminal case (beyond reasonable doubt) and they didn’t think they had any shot at a conviction.

      I appreciate the reasonableness with which you posted, if the rest of the country could learn to conduct themselves that way we’d all be better off

    13. true2blue

      Standard for the courts is higher than what the NCAA needs or requires. In order for anyone to press charges in this case they would need testimony from witnesses and video evidence, which UL somehow lost. (Right….) Also I doubt the commonwealth attorney in Louisville would want to press criminal charges on Pitino, McGee, or anyone else that’s involved. Unless they wanted to be public enemy number one in the city and prolong this wound even longer as it goes through the court. Bottom line the NCAA was able to take testimony from recruits that didn’t join UL and got the truth. If you honestly still think this didn’t happen you are in for a big shock when the banner comes down and the appeal fails. Not trying to take a shot at you but just trying to bring you back to earth.

    14. dougdunlevy

      So there isn’t enough evidence for the criminal justice system to prosecute anyone but the NCAA will take word from a proud proclaimed prostitute and punish the UL? Promise I’m not arguing, just staying my thought. Thank you everyone for feedback. No I’m not a mole. I’m just a guy( or gal) like you.

    15. CatFanInTheVille

      Doug,
      Everyone is right. Statute of limitations had already passed. As far as her daughters are concerned the legal age in KY is 16. She could always lie about getting paid. It just seems that the majority of UofL fans want to believe this didn’t happen but it did. Honestly the university is making a mistake by appealing but it’s their choice to do so. I’ve heard fans go as far to say that Mitch McConnell needs to get involved and that they need to sue the NCAA. It’s easy for me to say this being a UK fan but take your punishment and let this thing die. It’s not the death penalty. As for Rick, he needs to get off of his pedestal and realize that things happened and that’s the only truth. He is delusional!

    16. dougdunlevy

      Thanks everyone for the feedback and not jumping on my ass lol. Wish y’all luck.

    17. shelby

      Dougdunlevy; did u really just type “IF everything is true”? Wow, “IF”?? denial is one of the biggest problems at that university.
      That being said, some responses gave accurate answers. For someone to go to jail, someone would have to press charges; AND UL officials would have to take the stand under oath; i personally wish parents of recruits would press charges, but the age consent in kentucky is 16 and tjey probably don’t want their kids to have to go to trial and testify.

    18. Realme

      I’m probably too late to this conversation, but wanted to point out one more thing. The NCAA started the investigation based on the accusations in the book. They issued their ruling based on corroboration from interviews with the recruits and players. They didn’t just take Katina’s word for anything.
      I personally think McGee and Powell both deserve jail time.

    19. ABthetruth502

      A Grand jury failed to bring back an indictment against both Mcgee and Powell. Had nothing to do w statutes.

  7. lribookend

    Sad to see anyone drowning in criticism and condemnation, someone so much in denial, so out of touch with reality, whose ego cannot let go. Watching a has-been try to fight himself out of the corner while reality is knocking the holy shit out of him is hard to watch. As he will inevitably hit the floor face down, he will be carried out of the ring once and for all. He should have resigned before now.

    1. bigb

      Lyingist liar that has ever lied!!

  8. RickE

    The last thing U of L wants is for anyone to go under oath.

  9. 2thepoint

    Andre McGee could clear up a lot of things if he would sing. He should too unless he is being compensated for the tire tracks upon his back as the bus speeds out of town.

    Some good comments and questions. I would add that the people with more to lose from a criminal prosecution are the past president, Jurich, Pitino and coaching staff. Because of that, I don’t think charges will be filed.

    .

    1. ukkatzfan

      My guess is there is a two fold reason why McGee don’t talk. 1.) $$$ to be quiet. 2.) Threats if he were to talk (Pitino shows in his letter above that he is not above that)

    2. TBW3011

      3. Both.

  10. 8xchamp

    This dude lies so much he believes himself

  11. WizardWCN

    a couple of things I noticed. 1. it appears ul is out of money. They can not buy ink for their printer.
    2. where did the money come from to pay the dancers? The reason ul is in trouble is because someone other then the recruits and players paid for the strippers, and passes out cash for the players to give to the strippers. McGee was not in town on the last one. And he wasn’t a high paid asst. coach. Didn’t I see somewhere that there was like 41 times it went on. I find it hard to believe that someone didn’t let it slip to the higher ups.

  12. kjd

    Doug,
    Criminal law has no bearing on this at all. This is all about the NCAA.
    The NCAA has found U of L guilty. Furthermore, your university agrees this sordid affair did, indeed, take place. They just don’t like the punishment.
    Chuck Smrt, in his recommendations, never addressed the issue of player eligibility. Thus, he never factored in any punishment (i.e. forfeiture of games).
    IF, Pitino had no knowledge of any of this, he is still at fault. No one associated with the team, especially players, students, or employees in the dorms felt they could approach Pitino to talk with him.
    As head coach, the buck stops with him.
    Another side note for you Doug. U of L doesn’t want the truth out there for all to see. The Courier Journal tried to obtain information under open records concerning Smrt’s reports. Guess what? U of L said there are no reports to turn over. Smrt gave verbal reports only. How convenient or should I say calculating.
    Sorry, Doug. Guilty.

    1. KentuckyYankee

      Kind of sad that a U of L fan seeking knowledge has to beg and plead not to get crucified here. I’d like to think that, regardless of fandom, any individual can come on this site and gain knowledge and information without being skewered. He had to literally BEG not to be trolled, only to be complemented on his “reasonableness,” like the rest of the country needs to beg our acceptance before having a serious, factual, opinion filled conversation? At times, i both love and hope for more of our rabid fan base.

      That being said, I like even more all of our responses, informative and sensible, all 100% right on point. Using our big blue brains!

      For the record, i think he knew all along, and told mcgee if they got caught, mcgee was getting thrown under the bus. And the trump defense, just deny everything and repeat the lies over and over? Classy.

      Lastly, all the talk of God? I know for a fact, FACT, that he yelled at Cameron Mills for wearing a necklace of the cross to practice one day, exclaiming that had no place on a basketball court. FACT. Just sayin’

    2. dougdunlevy

      Thanks KentuckyYankee,

      I have a lot of friends that are UK fans, sure we argue and debate but at the end of the day we are friends and I’d do anything for them. I don’t hate UK fans, except on game day, haha but not it’s a great rivalry and I just hate to be in this mess

    3. ukjaybrat

      as many good fans as there are, there are still a lot of assholes in every fanbase. glad he didn’t run into any of those today

    4. Booby Petrino

      Yankee, before you assume that only UK fans jump on opposing fan bases on websites you should visit other website for teams. Happens in the ones I’ve seen. I went on Card Chronicle after the NCAA announced penalties and Louisville fans did the same thing to anyone who made a negative comment towards UofL. It was ugly.

  13. bringdough

    Rick is the kind of guy that would take a date to the confessional .

  14. tomato picker

    All ul fans explain to everyone why ” The sex scandal is not ?? true, that every thing the book contain happened photos.statements prove this ” ! As much as I like RS as a player he said it happened but rick as great as coach as he is , he should not be judged, the players are young including himself should be overlooked ! I guess tom and ramsey are beyond cheating too! Papa John resigned from their Board said leadership was Invisible ! Apparently cheating is acceptable there from ramsey and his assistants stole at least 22,000,000. dollars a professor stole 1.2 million ! The Scum Center fiasco with ul getting nearly all the money with the help of the biggest cheat of all mitch and rand helped too they both lie and cheat ! They are the most cheating school in the country ! Makes you wonder about their football and baseball teams ! CHEAT ! CHEAT !

  15. 4everblue

    If I were a UofL fan I would want them to clean house for the good of the program and to restore some semblance of integrity. There are lots of other issues there besides the sex scandal, which I too believe he knew all along and was complicit in. If Jurich and Pitino keep their jobs it’s more resembles organized crime than academic/athletic institution. Pitino has the Bobby Knight syndrome, great coach, miserable human being, I think he has told the lies so much he believes them.

  16. Reuben Cuban

    “New Yorker’s threat to anyone that would do anything to dishonor Billy Minardi’s name”.

    Why would Pitino cheat on his wife; isn’t that dishonoring Billy Minardi?

    Has he justified that yet?

    It’s likely he and JoAnn have a one-sided open marriage favoring Rick’s Johnson. He won’t admit that – as wouldn’t that dishonor Billy Minardi as well? Either way, he’s dissing Billy Minardi. So – Rick – why bring that up?

  17. meeksfor3

    I find it interesting that he says he cared to much about Minardi Hall to let those things go on rather than say he cares to much about U of L to let that happen. He was writing the letter to U of L supporters not Minardi Hall supporters wasn’t he?

  18. runtsfan

    What Rick and the entire school seems not to understand (maybe they do and none of this is sincere) is that if you place someone in a position of authority and they screw up, the institution is responsible and is in trouble. If they REALLY screw up, the institution is REALLY in trouble. It’s that simple.

  19. ABthetruth502

    It’s obvious to anyone that involved in the rivalry, that wears Red, just how Salty Ky fans are and why when it comes to ANYTHING concerning Rick Pitino. Not only did he bring uk back to a national powerhouse, from possibly their lowest point in history, but he did it the right way without using ANY other means of bringing players in other than being am exceptional coach and teacher. Say what you want about Rick, when he’s gone, He Will be missed by everyone. There is NO other human being that will EVER do more for this rivalry, and I think Every ky fan knows deep down he would’ve cleaned house had he learned about what was going on.

    1. BluKudzu

      Give me a break. What world do you live in? Your priorities are a bit skewed. People only act as crazy as you let them, and you are a person that would at the very least be called an enabler.

      Salty? I was Salty with Rick Pitino when he was still coaching at UK due to the fact he was always flirting and threatening to take whatever job he was offered at the time, and he did this frequently. I was glad when he left, in fact I was not the only one. I wished he had gone, long before he did leave, to chase his ego. He failed in Boston miserably, and needed the ego stroke to survive. I don’t want you here if you do not want to be here. A decision that ultimately cost him big time, with a major hit to his most valued possession: His EGO.

      Hello Louisville.

      He chose Louisville over UNLV, the first of his classless moves, of many, that were to follow.
      People in Kentucky do not love Pitino, They love UK Basketball. UK basketball is the high rise of which U of L stands in the shadow of, now, and for all time. You can’t possibly understand because U of L the skankiest school in the Commonwealth, has absolutely zero to compare it to.

      Pitino is not UK basketball. UK Basketball is Bigger than any player coach or AD.

      Do not tie your misfortune of being stuck with sexual pervert, lying, ego maniac, narcissist. He is a horrible man, brought so much shame to the University and the Louisville basketball program, pushing back all the gains for several years to come. Not to mention his family and his Deceased Brother in Law, by what he allowed to occur at Minardi Hall.

      Miss him? Seriously? College basketball will be better off with out than with him.

      If you want to keep him, based on what has happened to U of L, be my guest. It will only get worse.

      Got Pitino? I hope you wear that shirt everyday, the rest of your life, just like that tattoo Rick has on his back, of a championship that is no longer valid.

  20. rickshelton

    Pretty convincing letter. I hope he is telling the truth. If it is then Pitino had a lot of folks looking the other way when they should have been looking out for the program.