And we’re off! Katina Powell’s media tour begins today, and ESPN’s Jeff Goodman is getting things off with a bang, reporting that five former Louisville players and recruits have confirmed that they attended parties that included strippers at Minardi Hall, one of them confirming they had sex with a dancer after Louisville basketball staffer Andre McGee paid her:
One of the former players said he had sex with a dancer after McGee paid her. Each of the players and recruits attended different parties at Billy Minardi Hall, where dancers, many of whom stripped naked, were present. Three of the five players said they attended parties as recruits and also when they played for Louisville.
Said one of the recruits who ultimately signed to play elsewhere: “I knew they weren’t college girls. It was crazy. It was like I was in a strip club.”
Powell told “Outside the Lines” that McGee supplied the money for the dancers and for “side deals,” aka sex with recruits, their guardians, and Louisville players. Powell’s daughters were also interviewed. Lindsay Powell said she had sex with Russ Smith for money, while Rod-Ni Powell said she had sex with Montrezl Harrell for “maybe $100, maybe a little more.”
“I couldn’t make this up if I wanted to,” Powell told Outside the Lines. “I have no reason, or have the need, to lie on anyone. Everything I’m saying is 100 percent the truth.”
Wow. The most damning parts for Louisville? ESPN independently confirmed that text messages sent to Powell to arrange the parties came from McGee’s cellphone, and a wire transfer of money from McGee to Powell on one occasion.
Check out ESPN to read more. We’ll have video of her appearances up throughout the day.