Dropping a bomb here…
The University of Louisville is investigating claims that a former Rick Pitino staff member paid an escort to sleep with players and recruits.
According to Pat Forde, who broke the story, the woman is releasing a book and that book contains stories of sleeping with Louisville players for money. Andre McGee, the former UofL director of basketball operations, is the staff member who allegedly arranged and funded the sex with the Louisville-based madame. McGee played at Louisville from 2005-09, was a graduate assistant from 2010-12, and served as director of operations from 2012-14.
The book alleges this went on for four years and over $10,000.
Book alleges that activity went on between escorts and Louisville athletes for four years, and that more than $10,000 was exchanged.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) October 2, 2015
Praying to all of the gods this story is true.
*** UPDATE ***
Forde’s story is online and it’s juicy. The book, written by Katina Powell, is called “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” and if found true, UofL is in a sh** ton of trouble:
The book alleges that over a four-year period, Powell brought women into Billy Minardi Hall — the basketball dormitory on the Louisville campus that is named after Pitino’s late brother-in-law — through a side door to entertain players and recruits. Powell also says her dancers — which included her daughters — also entertained Louisville players at other locations off-campus. After the women danced for the players for an agreed-upon sum, Powell alleges that she would negotiate a second payment for the women to have sex with the athletes.
And then this:
The actions described in the book would appear to be both illegal and in violation of school and NCAA rules. If, as Powell alleges, players who were members of Louisville’s championship team received impermissible benefits that were provided by a staff member, the Cardinals’ title would seemingly be in jeopardy.
Powell said of that 2012-13 title team, “I felt like I was part of the recruitment team. A lot of them players went to Louisville because of me.”
THIS IS LIKE CHRISTMAS