Rick Pitino just met with the media for the first time since the Kentucky game, and had some very interesting things to say. After denying that he flipped off UK fans at Rupp after the game (photographic evidence disagrees!), Pitino went on a lengthy aside about the sex scandal enveloping his program. For the first time, Rick admitted that some “scurrilous things” happened, but maintained that he had no knowledge of it.
“Did one person do some scurrilous things? Yes, I believe so,” Pitino said. “But for the life of me I can’t figure out why he did.”
Pitino said he hasn’t been interviewed by the NCAA and doesn’t expect their investigation to be done until July at the earliest. He also said the Indiana Business Journal — the outlet that originally reported the allegations — told UofL that Katina Powell couldn’t put two sentences together and they wrote the majority of her claims. Hmm.
As for why he didn’t do Saturday’s presser after the game?
“When I get out, if I don’t want to do a press conference, it’s because it’s a very emotional time. It’s not because I lost a game. I’ve been doing press conferences for 40 some odd years. Give me a break, I lost a game. It’s not going to be because of that. It’s just that I’m not going to say ‘no comment’ any more because I don’t care at 63. I want the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”
(Yes, he really trotted out that line SO HELP HIM GOD.)
He also said he’s “pissed off” at ESPN for giving Powell a forum for her allegations. He also attacked Rick Bozich for writing negative things about him and the scandal, the latest in a series of very childish moves from Louisville’s head man. Simply put, he had a meltdown in front of all of the Louisville media.
Thanks to Howie Lindsey, we now have video:
If letting go was one of Rick’s New Year’s Resolutions, he’s already failed.