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Rick Pitino (again) says he did nothing wrong, is outraged the NCAA took down banners over $5800 worth of strippers

Once again, Rick Pitino can’t keep himself out of the news.

Despite telling the world three interviews ago he was done with interviews, the former Louisville head coach went on Captain Suntan’s radio show “Ramsey and Rutherford” this afternoon to discuss Romeo Langford, his coaching future, the FBI scandal, and how he was wronged by UofL.

“Well I said I wasn’t going to do another interview, but because it’s you guys I’ll do it,” he started the interview.

When asked whether or not he was ready to become a head coach again, Pitino said he has already turned down one offer, but he’s waiting for the dust to settle on the FBI situation so a better fit can come along.

“You know, I don’t know. I sort of take it one day at a time. I had one college team offer me a job, and that wasn’t going to work for me. But whether it be pro or college, when Louisville fired me without an explanation, without giving me an opportunity to explain myself, what I know, what I don’t know. Instead, they just fire me, and everyone says “Oh, he must be guilty.”

“When you hear FBI, when you hear indictments, everyone is sort of cautious,” Pitino said. (Uh, ya think?) “They want to see who’s guilty, who’s innocent before anything comes my way.”

This morning, Pitino was featured in a Washington Post article talking about Romeo Langford’s recruitment and how Adidas steered him to stay within the apparel company.

Here was an excerpt from the Post piece:

“The way they phrased it, it was whoever [shoe company] was going to pay the dad’s AAU program the most money, gets it,” said Pitino in a recent phone interview. A few days later, Adidas’s league added a new team: Twenty Two Vision, featuring Romeo Langford on the court and Tim Langford as team director. Shoe company sponsorships can reach $100,000 to $150,000, and team directors who limit expenses can pay themselves salaries from those amounts. 

“That’s the way that world works,” Pitino said. “Which is completely legal, by the way.”

He clarified his comments with Ramsey and Rutherford, saying two Adidas officials, one being company executive Jim Gatto, reached out to him about keeping Langford with Adidas. And in Pitino’s mind, if Adidas was able to keep him, there was a greater chance he’d stick with Louisville rather than a Nike school like Kentucky or Duke.

“In my opinion, we were going to get Romeo Langford. We were the leader,” Pitino said. “One of the text messages (I turned over to the Washington Post) was from one of the Adidas people saying, “I’d like to meet with you…. They came to me, and they didn’t really want anything at all, the two Adidas guys. All they said to me was “Look, I know you’re recruiting Romeo Langford and we’re trying to keep him with Adidas.” And I said “Great, I hope we can keep him.” Obviously, I wanted him with Adidas because if he goes to Nike, then Kentucky is going to have a better chance or Duke is going to have a better chance. If he stays with Adidas, Louisville is going to have a better chance. The dad never asked for a single thing, mom never asked for a single thing, the kid never asked. I thought it was one of the most honest recruitments I had ever seen.”

He then clarified again that apparel companies funding AAU programs is 100% legal, and that the Langford family was completely clean. In fact, Pitino compared it to the Marvin Bagley III situation, where the recruit’s family found a loophole with the AAU programs to receive money. In the story released back in March, Bagley III’s mother and father reportedly filed for bankruptcy in 2008 with a combined family income of just over $44,000, and just four years later, tax forms confirmed the family listed a home in Southern California that one real estate broker said could range anywhere from $750,000 to $1.5 million. Bagley III was also enrolled in a private school with a tuition cost of $36,250 per year.

Nike signed a sponsorship deal with Bagley’s AAU basketball program, and because the former Duke player’s father held a major role with the team, the money was legally funneled to the family.

When asked how he could know so much about the Langford situation, but absolutely nothing about the Brian Bowen or stripper situations, Pitino got a bit snippy, saying if you just look at the facts and not listen to the “BS” you’d know there was no way he knew what was going on.

“I’m so tired of listening to that stupid stuff. Someone said to me the other day, “You make so much money, how could you not know that Andre McGee had strippers? You know everyone’s body fat, how could you not know?” And then I tell them I’m probably the last person on earth that would know. If I did find out, Andre McGee knows he would be gone within ten seconds (insert joke here), so he’s going to do everything to keep that from me. Well, if the assistant coaches don’t know, if security in the dorm doesn’t know, if my nephews, whose dad that dorm was named after doesn’t know, if 20 managers don’t know… And most importantly, if Luke Hancock, Stephan Van Treese, Mike Marra, Gorgui Dieng, if they had no idea what was going on, and they live in the dormitory, how the hell am I supposed to know what’s going on in that dorm? So when it gets down to it, if you just have a little common sense, and instead of talking and spewing BS, and you just listen a little bit, be rational, there’s absolutely no way any coach making $6-7 million is going to risk the slightest thing going wrong,” he said.

Pitino said that he understands the behavior was reprehensible, but to take down banners over $5800 worth of strippers is an outrage.

For four years, this went on four times a year, for a total of $5800, you’re going to take down the national championship?” he said. “For a rogue employee who did the wrong thing when no one else was involved? You’re going to take down a championship that those kids earned and deserved? Now you can take a banner down, but you can’t take a championship away. And I still believe someday that championship will be reinstalled and those banners put back once the NCAA comes to their senses.”

Listen to Pitino’s entire interview below:

Listen to “Rick Pitino Interview 5-16-18” on Spreaker.

Never change, Rick.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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38 Comments for Rick Pitino (again) says he did nothing wrong, is outraged the NCAA took down banners over $5800 worth of strippers



  1. shelby
    8:18 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    I hate to tell u rick, but all those you mentioned DID know, just like u did. It’s called lying, i’m sure u r familiar with the term.



  2. peaches76
    8:20 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    It just seems it won’t register in the minds of some UL people that they won a championship with ILLEGAL players on the floor winning that title.



  3. wyatts1
    8:30 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    Having phone issues right at the most heated moment ?? he was upset but after repeating the same thing 3 times he lost his gumption lol. Dude should just say sorry I messed up, and then maybe his statements about shoe companies, and their financial actions may be listened to. Probably not though, $$ rules the world and it would be niave to think some of these schools aren’t using or figureing out someway to funnel that $$$ to certain recruits. Sad truly, idk how to fix the recruiting issues but if they can’t go pro right outta high school and do in deed pick a college it should be like football, 3 yes minimum. If not 3 then 2 anyways.



  4. Headhurts
    9:23 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    I think Pitino almost has himself convinced he knew nuttin.



  5. J-Dub421
    9:38 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    Again with the stupid argument that U of L shouldn’t get in trouble because the hookers were cheap.



    • cats646
      10:03 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      Right? Shouldn’t they all be in jail right now?? Prostitution-illegal. Buying prostitutes for minors-waayy more illegal. I just don’t get it, how could they argue anything at all?!



    • notFromhere
      9:40 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

      That he is arguing and almost always avoids that is telling of his character, 646. Just more evidence of lack of control. He wants to sweep it under the rug so much that he can’t even address the situation honestly



  6. UKinIN
    10:11 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    So Andre could have provided cocaine to recruits if the vocative was free? Sell a recruit a car as long as he only paid a dollar?



  7. gwhittle
    11:28 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I played college sports. Our head coach knew EVERYTHING that went on, especially if it was in the dorms. He knew. I will never be convinced otherwise.



  8. kjd
    11:46 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    Adidas calls and wants to meet. They show up and want nothing in particular. Sure, Rick, nothing went on at the meeting. (Wink, wink).
    Rick was guilty in his first job as an assistant at Hawaii. He’s guilty now. He’s so sad and pathetic.



  9. KYFAN4LYFE
    12:40 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

    NC or not, it actually sickens me that this POS is forever connected to UK. I’d gladly give up #6 if there was a way to wipe him from the record books and history.



  10. DelrayCat
    2:04 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

    I hate to be that guy who says it…but he is right. That amount of money ain’t squat in the grand scheme of things in major college athletics. 18-22 yr olds are horn dogs…its an easy sell the the impressionable. But I for one think this punishment is a little egregious considering the crime…especially compared to UNCheat.



    • Bull Filmer
      5:40 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

      You made his point. Pitino blames a ‘Rogue Employee”. He rationalizes that there is no possible way uavel gets penalized – or he gets fired because “For four years, this went on four times a year, for a total of $5800, you’re going to take down the national championship?” He irrationally rationalizes.



    • TBW3011
      6:07 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

      You’re missing the point DR. Prostitutes were having sex with players. The amount of money is irrelevant in this case.



    • Booby Petrino
      7:52 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

      Besides having to bribe players with hookers to play for them, don’t forget that they also pressured high school recruits and their friend (one recruits friend that I recall) to have sex with prostitutes. You say these kids are horn dogs but at least one high school kid turned down the offer of sex and said he felt pressured to do something. Stop trying to normalize this disgusting situation.



    • kjd
      6:06 pm May 17, 2018 Permalink

      DelrayCat: UofL scandal is COMPLETELY different than UNC. No way you can compare the two. NCAA deemed the extra benefit was not limited to just athletes.



  11. DelrayCat
    2:08 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

    Lets be honest with ourselves…that was a damn good UL team. They earned it.



    • Booby Petrino
      7:50 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

      Puhlease. They weren’t that good. College basketball as a whole wasn’t that good that year. Mediocre team won in a down year. And they had to cheat by bribing players w hookers to play for them. #bannerdown



    • david8577
      8:32 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

      Nope, they cheated. The only thing they earned was disgrace. You don’t get to keep the spoils when you don’t play by the rules.



    • 4everUKblue
      8:49 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

      I agree with Booby’s right, mediocre team in a down year. The UK team that won the year before would have dominated them….AND they cheated!



    • jaws2
      3:46 pm May 17, 2018 Permalink

      Sure, they were great. They got lucky and beat KY by 3 at home that year. Yeah, they were awesome!



  12. kuhlkat
    2:25 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s be honest. They won it with illegal players.
    Sorry Tards



    • Bull Filmer
      5:43 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

      No question – it was a down year. Too bad it never happened.



  13. TBW3011
    6:05 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

    He’s clearly mentally ill. Sad and pathetic what he has become.



  14. sp
    7:20 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

    He’s had almost an entire year to come up with a better story for why he didn’t know anything and he just can’t.



  15. Fitz
    7:37 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

    Shoe companies need to be restricted to selling products to ncaa programs and AAU teams. Nothing free. AAU, which probably does more good than harm, needs to be cleansed of coaches and directors who are on the take from shoe companies and agents.



  16. Rod Crandler
    8:51 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

    “Strippers” does not equal “Hiring underage prostitutes for recruits on campus, by your assistant”



    • notFromhere
      9:55 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

      “Paid strippers performing sex acts” in fact does equal prostitutes by definition.



    • Rod Crandler
      11:03 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

      My point exactly. That’s why I get tired of UofL fans and Pitino saying, it was just strippers.



    • notFromhere
      10:19 pm May 17, 2018 Permalink

      Sorry, RC, misunderstood your post.



  17. notFromhere
    9:53 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

    “I’m Rick Pitiful and I approve this massage, but I have no idea it’s going on 4 times a year for 4 years in the dorm named after someone close to me, where I always knew everything that was going on.” This message paid for by Adidas…



  18. nybrasky
    9:57 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

    Ease up, guys. His nephews didn’t know and the stripper parties were in a dorm named after their dad who died in 9/11, so clearly Rick is innocent. Seems pretty cut and dry to me too, Rick.



  19. RealCatsFan
    11:16 am May 17, 2018 Permalink

    Pitino hear “Yanni” instead of “Laurel”.



  20. W.C.
    2:31 pm May 17, 2018 Permalink

    cats646: Suppose the head prosecutor, who decides who gets prosecuted for prostitution, was a big UofL fan, advertising that fact on his official web site. Can you imagine all the people who would have been put on the witness stand (including the 3 multi-millionaires who have since been fired),.in order to send McGee and Powell to prison? I rest my case.



  21. Wildcatbb89
    5:01 pm May 17, 2018 Permalink

    I think Rick Pitino did himself a disservice by the decisions he has made for so long. He complains that he was done wrong, but he shouldn’t be surprised because his reputation made the decision to fire him a lot easier.