Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Rick Pitino Points the Finger At Karen Sypher or Just Another Adulteress?
While in trial yesterday, Legal Pub vetoed a submitted story about a popular basketball coach from publication. After all, why anger Louisville Cardinal fans who regularly read this site? Besides, who would believe that Rick Pitino could be so stupid? The famous Louisville men's basketball coach, Rick Pitino, certainly would not have sex with a woman in a public restaurant. Nor would Pitino (who is Catholic) suggest that any baby of his be aborted. Or would he? Pitino has apparently come clean with police admitting that he had sex with a woman in a restaurant. Pitino even admitted to paying her $3,000 for an abortion after she claimed he impregnated her.
Apparently, Pitino finally went to police with the facts after the woman allegedly tried to extort $10 million from him. The Courier-Journal of Louisville Web site says that Pitino told police he had been drinking in the restaurant and had consensual sex with Karen Sypher in August 2003. The police report indicates that Pitino denied allegations by Sypher that he raped her. In Pitino's defense, the restaurant had closed so there was no audience. He may also have had sex with her one other time at a different location.
On a puzzling note, Sypher failed to report the rape allegations until last month. There is some question whether Sypher has some sort of mental health issues. As for Pitino, there will not be any prosecution because the rape allegations "lacked supporting evidence." In the meantime, Sypher, 49, has plead not guilty to federal charges of lying to the FBI and trying to extort money from Pitino. (So far no reaction from Pitino's wife. However, one can imagine that her converstations with Rick about impregnating another woman were not pleasant.)
While an affair for any Catholic is troublesome, the post affair conduct may be even more appalling to followers of the faith. Apparently when Pitino found out that Karen Syphers was pregnant, he told her that he had five children and she had four, and that he didn't know what he wanted to do. Sypher allegedly told him she was going to have an abortion but needed money. Pitino apparently agreed to give her the $3,000. (The story seems similar to the catechism story of "blood money" and Judas...) Pitino is represented by Steve Pence. But Pitino faces no charges. All seems to be forgiven in the land of the Louisville basketabll. In fact, it is Karen Sypher who is charged for extortion. It has also apparently destroyed Karen's marriage. It may have even destroyed Karens health.
Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich stands behind Coach Pitino. However, Kentucky Open Records Act allows any interested recruits (or their Catholic parents) to read details of the Pitino-Sypher investigation. Pitino and his wife Joanne have five children. Pitino professes to be a practicing Catholic. Perhaps he sought confession and has been forgiven by his friend and spiritual adviser, the Rev. Edward Bradley. Bradley often prays with the team before Louisville games. Perhaps now we know why God might be so interested in sporting events, their coaches and all of the "players."
Sypher is represented by James Earhart. She is currently going through a divorce with the team's equipment manager, Tim Sypher. Tim Sypher served as Pitino's personal assistant with the Boston Celtics from 1997-2001. From 2001 to the present, he has been Louisville's equipment manager. According to the criminal complaint, Tim Sypher allegedly brought Pitino a written list of his wife's demands. The demands supposedly included that Pitino pay the cost of the college tuition for her children, two cars, and pay off her mortgage. She also supposedly requested $3,000 per month. Tim Sypher has not been charged. Karen may be tested to see if she lacks the capacity to understand the charges against her.
Keep in mind, all suspects are innocent unless otherwise proven in a court of law. In the mean time, you can bet that "Slick Rick" will be keeping a local florist busy.
Update 6-23-10: Slick Rick's alleged perpetrator (Karen Sypher) is going on trial. Here is a link to the jury questionnaire to be answered by prospective jurors. Jury Questionnaire.