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.


Card said...

Wow you let coach have it with both barrells! I don't like you no more.


Anonymous said...

Rick made a mistake in a moment of weakness. It can happen to any mortal. Watch your self so that you may not become a victim to the temptations of the flesh.


Jester said...

An old priest who got sick of all the people in his parish confessing to adultery lectured from the pulpit: "if I hear one more person confess to adultery, I'll quit!"
Well, everyone liked him, so they came up with a code word. Someone who had committed adultery would say they had "fallen". This seemed to satisfy the old priest and things went well, until the priest died at a ripe old age.
About a week after the new priest arrived, he visited the Mayor of the town and seemed very concerned. The priest said, "you have to do something about the sidewalks in town. When people come into the confessional, they keep talking about having fallen."
The Mayor started to laugh, realizing that no-one had told the new priest about the code word. Before the mayor could explain, the priest shook an accusing finger at the mayor and said, "I don't know what you're laughing about, Your wife fell three times this week."

Anonymous said...

Well....Since the new age of William or what ever he called it is acceptable enough to forgive and forget for the people that will be adversely affected by not forgiving. I feel bad for his wife. He will suffer quit a lot also. I am sure they really do not need people in their personal business....But I cannot help myself. It is titillating to see a bunch of good looking people trying to hide and suppress their God given hormones! At least his adversaries can see him giving it to someone else besides them...LOL
Bad Husband ......Great coach..... mmmm this day in time the great Coach wins the match....yep ...we will forget!

Anonymous said...

this should remain coach's private business. he got minds to mold.

Anonymous said...

Coach could of done better than her!



Anonymous said...

WOW! Why do you hate Catholism? The issue is the Coach and what he did. Do you believe all Catholics see Pitino as a role model?

Anne said...

I don't hate catholism or catholics. But the faith says no abortion. Then here a practicing catholic pays for an abortion.

This is so typical of hypocrits like Coach Pitino. He ought to be canned.


Anonymous said...

At least he had style. Afterall, not everyman can give it to a woman right there on the restaurant dining room table!


News Hawk said...

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Cardinal Fan said...

It is just a bad sexual encounter that has gone to hell for Pitino. I see the coach as a hypocrite who preaches family values. But doesn't follow his own preaching.

He should resign.

Cardinal Fan

Anonymous said...

he should have resigned...