You didn’t think Rick Pitino would let the first of the college hoops trials end without a ridiculous statement, did you? After Christian Dawkins’ attorney called Louisville one of the “dirtiest basketball programs in the history of the NCAA” and the judge presiding over the trial said Dawkins and Merl Code covered Pitino’s tracks, Pitino put down his afternoon Greek yogurt and picked up his phone to text Tim Sullivan of The Courier-Journal.
“Here is my response for the 100th time,” Pitino said in a text message from Turkey, where his Greek EuroLeague team plays Friday. “I’ve never in my 40-plus years given any player any incentive to come play for me. Dawkins in a wiretap, along with (former Adidas consultant T.J.) Gassnola and (Bowen’s) dad said I had no knowledge (of) what was going on.
“(If) A polygraph is not good enough, people under oath is not good enough, 20-plus assistants is not good enough, then nothing is. The Southern District of New York used me for publicity, the University of Louisville buried a Hall of Fame career. Let me rest in peace. Please, you have killed enough of my life.“
I’ve found myself becoming somewhat indifferent to Pitino during his Greek revival phase — even rooting for him to succeed on occasion — but this statement is further proof life’s more entertaining with him around. Come back to the States, Rick.
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