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Rick Pitino’s presser proves he’s determined to go down in a blaze of irony

We’ve seen a lot of crazy Rick Pitino press conferences over the years, but today’s takes the cake. Following the NCAA’s decision to uphold their penalties in the UofL stripper scandal, Pitino did as Pitino does and demanded the spotlight, calling a press conference this afternoon in New York. The results, as you might imagine, were ridiculous.

He wants everyone to know he can only see out of one eye

Before the press conference even began, Pitino played the victim card, asking the audience’s forgiveness if he can’t read his statement correctly because he can only see out of one eye right now. Just in case the people in the back didn’t hear, he brought it up later.

He wouldn’t stop blaming the Board of Trustees

Pitino spent most of the 19-minute press conference blaming the Board of Trustees — the one appointed by Governor Bevin — for everything, even going so far to remind everyone that the US Attorney tried to disband that board to no avail. Even though he took “full responsibility” for hiring Andre McGee, he circled back to the Board repeatedly, blasting them for not giving him and Tom Jurich a chance to defend themselves. He also said he wants UofL to sue the NCAA over all of this. Ha!

The ESPN article pissed him off

One might think the NCAA’s announcement yesterday was the cause of this presser. Oh, no. Pitino said he called the presser to “get the facts out” after ESPN ran an article yesterday (presumably this one) blaming Louisville’s downfall on him. Even Warren Beatty‘s shaking his head at that.

He still doesn’t get why the stripper parties were a bad thing

In the wake of the 2013 banner coming down, Rick again attempted to argue that the “parties” held by Katina Powell had no correlation to UofL winning the national championship.

“Did a few of them partake in parties they didn’t organize? Yes, they did. But that had nothing to with an extra benefit. That had nothing to do in helping their eligibility or performance in winning a championship.”

He also argued that because the hookers were cheap, the NCAA should have let it slide. Classic Rick.

“We preached treating women with dignity”

BAHAHAHAHAHA. Rick Pitino talking about treating women with dignity. I can’t.

His lawyer tried to step in and stop him but he kept going

Poor lawyer.

He got in the Billy Minardi/9-11 reference

You knew he would.

“I feel awful for what has happened. I’ve run a clean program my whole life.”

That’s Pitino, aka Coach-2, saying that. The same Coach-2 listed in the FBI complaint as working with adidas to paying Brian Bowen’s family $100,000 to come to Louisville. But it’s all the Board of Trustee’s fault, right?

He wants to coach again

The more I think about it, the more I think today was just a PSA that Rick is for hire. He talked at length about how much he misses coaching, his specific methods of connecting with players (“I do something different than any other coach in the business”), his accomplishments, his impressive coaching tree, and how healthy he is — except for that one eye, of course!

His last line was pure irony

For the grand finale, Rick Pitino brought one of the most ironic lines in the history of the English language.

“In today’s world, with what you’re all about, with Twitter and the electronic [sic], anybody who lies is a fool today because the truth is going to be revealed and come out.”

Priceless.

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

20 Comments for Rick Pitino’s presser proves he’s determined to go down in a blaze of irony



  1. blitzedanddazed
    4:46 pm February 21, 2018 Permalink

    Pitino is a liar, a coward and a cheat. Bang Biscuit.



  2. timbo
    4:56 pm February 21, 2018 Permalink

    1) You’re right about the PSA, I said it to co-workers. He’s only attempting to market himself and remind others he is “available”.
    2) It’s impossible for THE lie to be unearthed when you continuously cover it with further lies. He’s a narcissist to the tee.



  3. Headhurts
    4:58 pm February 21, 2018 Permalink

    Poor little man, no wonder he did’nt see all these scandals happening, he’s only got one eye.



  4. Alleykat16
    5:30 pm February 21, 2018 Permalink

    He’s got to be smoking weed for his eye of course because coming up with all those statements he’s got to be high cause of his eye that’s the only way a person could possibly come up with those reasons is to be high because of the eye right



  5. Jiminy Crickets
    5:38 pm February 21, 2018 Permalink

    Delusional



  6. NJReturns
    5:59 pm February 21, 2018 Permalink

    Maybe with his “one bad eye” and Vitale’s “bad eye”, they can team and form a hilarious broadcast team.



    • Dark Helmet
      6:21 pm February 21, 2018 Permalink

      I think they reffed last nights game



    • NcCatFan75
      8:40 pm February 21, 2018 Permalink

      That’s hilarious!



  7. BBNstrive49
    6:28 pm February 21, 2018 Permalink

    Change the name to LSR we have a season too?



  8. tim
    6:45 pm February 21, 2018 Permalink

    Maybe if he paid a little more for the strippers he wouldn’t have to pay a hundred grand each for the players!



  9. sincitycat
    7:01 pm February 21, 2018 Permalink

    Please don’t blame Rick’s behavior on being high. Being high doesn’t make you lie, being a liar does.



  10. Blueballz
    8:00 pm February 21, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t feel bad for him but the absolute bashing you and Drew go to for Pitino is actually sad. I wish he would comment on you as much as you comment on him. Glass house anyone?



    • MadHatter
      8:23 pm February 21, 2018 Permalink

      I’m willing to bet no on the glass house. Pretty sure the ksr crew didn’t pay hookers to bang our recruits or 100k to land one. Take your blueballz home, you’re drunk.



    • Catnation
      6:02 am February 22, 2018 Permalink

      He deserves every statement bashing him. The guy is a narcissistic jerk.



  11. Lip Man 1
    8:16 pm February 21, 2018 Permalink

    He has clearly lost all sense of reality.



  12. nicky
    9:22 pm February 21, 2018 Permalink

    Pride goes before a fall



  13. Wildcat Sheli
    9:40 pm February 21, 2018 Permalink

    He actually had emergency surgery less than a week ago due to a detached retina. That’s probably why he didn’t make a statement sooner.

    His comment about taking UK to the top, “3 Straight National Championship Games” was interesting. No journalist there asked him about that, as he was not our coach in 1998.



  14. kjd
    7:22 am February 22, 2018 Permalink

    Great commentary, Mrs TT. Enjoyed it.



  15. Howdy Doody
    9:24 am February 22, 2018 Permalink

    Right now they have 3 teams named by the FBI – Miami, Arizona, Auburn- who are likely in the tournament and allegedly 50 other schools involved in the FBI sting.



  16. Howdy Doody
    9:34 am February 22, 2018 Permalink

    Katina Powell’s facebook page is public. Many UK fans are congratulating her. I guess they think prostituting her daughters was okay .