Saturday, 07 December, 2019


Adidas Hit By Lawsuit By Rick Pitino

Adidas Hit By Lawsuit By Rick Pitino Adidas Hit By Lawsuit By Rick Pitino
Bennie Garza | 19 October, 2017, 20:58

Rick Pitino is talking publicly for the first time since his termination. "They're not the University of Louisville that I know".

A drained yet defiant Pitino opened his conversation with ESPN's Jay Bilas by reiterating the same message that he has emphasized the past few weeks: He was unaware of the scheme to funnel $100,000 from Adidas to a prized recruit in return for his commitment to Louisville. Ten people, including an Adidas executive, were arrested in the probe but Pitino is not named in the federal complaint. The phone calls from my assistant coaches. "Nobody's been arrested on my staff". I've hired some great ones. "One hundred percent, yes, but I believe that they were the right people", Pitino said.

Pitino takes issue with both his quick dismissal and being locked out of his office shortly thereafter, and expressed these feelings toward the current board. They're a board hired by the governor to deal with the president situation a while ago.

According to a report from Louisville's Courier-Journal, a recently-renewed contract between Adidas and the University of Louisville was set to bring the school $160 million over 10 years.

"Should I have known that somebody walked into a hotel room?"

Pitino has not had contact with this players since he last talked to them. When asked if he would ever coach basketball again, the Hall of Fame coach said he's not sure he wants to.

The subpoena requires Pitino to turn over all documents and communications, including emails, text messages, cellphone records, social media and computer records from January 1, 2014 to present - related to "actual or potential NCAA rules violations" by players or coaches. As far as his legacy is concerned, he says he's not concerned. "It's not that important". "I answer to my players, who have been over the top in support of me". A WFPL reporter uncovered court filings where prosecutors argued that "an Adidas employee arranged for $100,000 and ongoing monthly payments allegedly funneled through a third-party company for a high school player, who is now a freshman athlete at the school".

While Larranaga hasn't been pinpointed or linked overtly by investigators to any illegal activities, his being subpoenaed doesn't bode well for his claim of innocence.

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