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What a *&^$%@# creep.

Posted by on Aug. 12, 2009 at 12:11 PM
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 Not only did this jerk have sex while he was married with some one OTHER than his wife...he has her kill a baby because it wasn't convenientfor him. Because of his selfish, self-centered, irresponsible actions, a baby died! That pisses me off to no extent.....PLUS...not only does he make his ehem....indiscretion go away, he is also accused of raping this woman.....and of course his damn assistant will back him up on consensual sex claim.

I dont' know if he did or didn't rape her, I do know this guy is a f*cking prick, and looking at him just makes  me want to vomit.

 

 

Yes she should be held accountable if the extortion claims are founded to be true, I am commenting on HIS character, her's is another post for another time.  

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)-The woman accused of trying to extort Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino approached him in a Louisville restaurant six years ago, and the two had sex later that night, the coach told police. Two weeks after they met, she told him she was pregnant, and he gave her $3,000 for an abortion.

The Courier-Journal of Louisville reported on its Web site Tuesday that Pitino told police he had been drinking in a Louisville restaurant and had consensual sex with Karen Sypher in August 2003. The police report said the 56-year-old coach denied Sypher's allegations that he raped her after the restaurant closed and at another time somewhere else.

The two met when Sypher approached him at the restaurant and asked him call her sons with words of encouragement, and the coach obliged, she said. Later that night, the restaurant cleared out, and the owner left the coach his keys. That's when they had sex.

She claimed Pitino forced himself on her, while the coach said she came onto him.

The two apparently weren't alone, though: The police report says a Pitino assistant was there during the encounter and heard what sounded like consensual sex.

Sypher reported the rape allegations to police last month, but a Kentucky prosecutor said the complaint wouldn't be prosecuted because it lacked supporting evidence. Sypher, 49, has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of lying to the FBI and trying to extort $10 million from Pitino, who is married.

Sypher's attorney, James Earhart, said Wednesday morning that he hadn't yet talked to Sypher about the release of the police documents, but planned to later in the day. He said he didn't know how it would affect the case against her since all those involved were already aware of the documents.

Pitino told police that about two weeks after meeting Sypher at the restaurant, she called to tell him she was pregnant and he had to be the father. Pitino told her when they met again that he had five children and she had four, and that he didn't know what he wanted to do, according to the report by Sgt. Andy Abbott, commander of the sex-offense unit.

According to the report, Pitino said he wanted to meet her discreetly and suggested the condo of the team's equipment manager, Tim Sypher. Karen Sypher went to the condo, where she alleges the second assault took place, according to the report. Karen Sypher, who later married Tim Sypher, met him for the first time that day.

Pitino said Sypher told him she was going to have an abortion but didn't have health insurance, so he gave her $3,000 for the procedure done in Cincinnati, according to the report.

Pitino's lawyer, Steve Pence, said the story is about Sypher and not his client.

"Karen Sypher is indicted for extortion," Pence told The Associated Press. "The commonwealth's attorney has said she is void of any credibility on these 6-year-old allegations she has made."

Pence said Wednesday that after the criminal case is finished, he would talk to Pitino about the possibility of civil action against Sypher.

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said in a statement that "Coach Pitino has been truthful with us about this matter all along and we stand by him and his family during this process."

 
This Dec. 18, 2008 file photo ...
AP - Aug 11, 10:11 pm EDT

School president James Ramsey said his thoughts were with Pitino and his family. Pitino and his wife Joanne have five children.

"Several months ago, Coach Pitino informed me about the alleged extortion attempt. I've now been informed that there may be other details which, if true, I find surprising," Ramsey said in a statement.

The newspaper cited Louisville Metro Police reports that it obtained under the Kentucky Open Records Act. Police said the records couldn't immediately be released to the AP on Tuesday.

Abbott asked Sypher during one interview why she waited until after she was indicted to report the rape allegations.

She gave varying answers, according to transcripts, saying she wanted to forget about it, that Pitino threatened her and finally that "they kept throwing crumbs to keep me happy."

Abbott asked Sypher why she was coming forward only after she was charged.

"Because ... where we are, it seems like retaliation," Abbott said.

"I know it does," Sypher responded.

Abbott said in a report that Sypher didn't say another person was at Porcini Restaurant during the first incident.

Abbott's report said Vinny Tatum, a former executive assistant to Pitino, told the FBI that he didn't see anything, but heard "only the sounds of two people that seemed to be enjoying themselves during a sexual encounter."

Abbott said records indicate that Pitino was in California when Sypher claimed she was sexually assaulted the second time.

A message Wednesday for Tatum at his office in the university's basketball practice facility was not immediately returned.

The case became public in April when Pitino announced that someone had tried to extort him. Pitino said he reported it to the FBI, and Sypher surrendered to authorities a few days later when she was named in a criminal complaint. At the time, several media outlets declined to air interviews with Sypher about allegations against Pitino, saying they were personal and unsubstantiated.

University sports information director Kenny Klein said the coach was in his office on Tuesday but directed all inquires to Pence. Pitino finished his eighth season with the Cardinals, leading them to a 31-6 record and the Big East regular-season and tournament titles. The Cardinals lost to Michigan State in the regional finals of the NCAA tournament.

Pitino is Catholic and brings along close friend and spiritual adviser, the Rev. Edward Bradley-a priest in Henderson, Ky.-on many team trips. Bradley often prays with the team before games and is a fixture near the Louisville bench. (that doesn't make him any better and gives the rest of us Catholics a bad name)

There was no answer late Tuesday at the priest's office where he also lives.

Tim Sypher was Pitino's personal assistant with the Boston Celticsfrom 1997-2001, then followed the coach to Louisville in 2001. He and Karen Sypher are currently going through a divorce.

A message for Tim Sypher was left Wednesday at the office of his divorce attorney.

The criminal complaint said Tim Sypher brought Pitino a written list of demands from his wife, including college tuition for her children, two cars, money to pay off her house and $3,000 per month. The demands later escalated, the complaint said. Tim Sypher has not been charged.

Besides Louisville and the Celtics, Pitino coached the New York Knicks from 1987 to 1989. His ties to the Bluegrass State are strong. He was at Kentucky from 1989 to 1997, where he earned one national championship and two other trips to the Final Four.

 

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Stefanie1085
by Silver Member on Aug. 12, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Yep. The guy's a creep. But I do have to ask- if it was rape how come she didn't press charges on him? And it couldn't be because she was afraid to face him if she approached him to get money for an abortion. She could have been lying about being pregnant too. Can we just say we don't like either one of them?  

MommyOnLI
by on Aug. 12, 2009 at 12:18 PM

i don't see where HE was the one who killed a baby, it was mutual that she was going to ABORT and SHE ACCEPTED the money to abort.

with that said.  yes he was wrong to have an affair, but she COMPLIED and she is the one now under investigation.

he is an ass for the affair, but 6 years to file a rape claim, and to try to EXTORT money from him.

HE sounds innocent to me if you ask.. she is the one who needs help

Quoting lolamac:

 Not only did this jerk have sex while he was married with some one OTHER than his wife...he has her kill a baby because it wasn't convenientfor him. Because of his selfish, self-centered, irresponsible actions, a baby died! That pisses me off to no extent.....PLUS...not only does he make his ehem....indiscretion go away, he is also accused of raping this woman.....and of course his damn assistant will back him up on consensual sex claim.

I dont' know if he did or didn't rape her, I do know this guy is a f*cking prick, and looking at him just makes  me want to vomit.

 

 

Yes she should be held accountable if the extortion claims are founded to be true, I am commenting on HIS character, her's is another post for another time.  

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)-The woman accused of trying to extort Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino approached him in a Louisville restaurant six years ago, and the two had sex later that night, the coach told police. Two weeks after they met, she told him she was pregnant, and he gave her $3,000 for an abortion.

The Courier-Journal of Louisville reported on its Web site Tuesday that Pitino told police he had been drinking in a Louisville restaurant and had consensual sex with Karen Sypher in August 2003. The police report said the 56-year-old coach denied Sypher's allegations that he raped her after the restaurant closed and at another time somewhere else.

The two met when Sypher approached him at the restaurant and asked him call her sons with words of encouragement, and the coach obliged, she said. Later that night, the restaurant cleared out, and the owner left the coach his keys. That's when they had sex.

She claimed Pitino forced himself on her, while the coach said she came onto him.

The two apparently weren't alone, though: The police report says a Pitino assistant was there during the encounter and heard what sounded like consensual sex.

Sypher reported the rape allegations to police last month, but a Kentucky prosecutor said the complaint wouldn't be prosecuted because it lacked supporting evidence. Sypher, 49, has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of lying to the FBI and trying to extort $10 million from Pitino, who is married.

Sypher's attorney, James Earhart, said Wednesday morning that he hadn't yet talked to Sypher about the release of the police documents, but planned to later in the day. He said he didn't know how it would affect the case against her since all those involved were already aware of the documents.

Pitino told police that about two weeks after meeting Sypher at the restaurant, she called to tell him she was pregnant and he had to be the father. Pitino told her when they met again that he had five children and she had four, and that he didn't know what he wanted to do, according to the report by Sgt. Andy Abbott, commander of the sex-offense unit.

According to the report, Pitino said he wanted to meet her discreetly and suggested the condo of the team's equipment manager, Tim Sypher. Karen Sypher went to the condo, where she alleges the second assault took place, according to the report. Karen Sypher, who later married Tim Sypher, met him for the first time that day.

Pitino said Sypher told him she was going to have an abortion but didn't have health insurance, so he gave her $3,000 for the procedure done in Cincinnati, according to the report.

Pitino's lawyer, Steve Pence, said the story is about Sypher and not his client.

"Karen Sypher is indicted for extortion," Pence told The Associated Press. "The commonwealth's attorney has said she is void of any credibility on these 6-year-old allegations she has made."

Pence said Wednesday that after the criminal case is finished, he would talk to Pitino about the possibility of civil action against Sypher.

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said in a statement that "Coach Pitino has been truthful with us about this matter all along and we stand by him and his family during this process."

 
This Dec. 18, 2008 file photo ...
AP - Aug 11, 10:11 pm EDT

School president James Ramsey said his thoughts were with Pitino and his family. Pitino and his wife Joanne have five children.

"Several months ago, Coach Pitino informed me about the alleged extortion attempt. I've now been informed that there may be other details which, if true, I find surprising," Ramsey said in a statement.

The newspaper cited Louisville Metro Police reports that it obtained under the Kentucky Open Records Act. Police said the records couldn't immediately be released to the AP on Tuesday.

Abbott asked Sypher during one interview why she waited until after she was indicted to report the rape allegations.

She gave varying answers, according to transcripts, saying she wanted to forget about it, that Pitino threatened her and finally that "they kept throwing crumbs to keep me happy."

Abbott asked Sypher why she was coming forward only after she was charged.

"Because ... where we are, it seems like retaliation," Abbott said.

"I know it does," Sypher responded.

Abbott said in a report that Sypher didn't say another person was at Porcini Restaurant during the first incident.

Abbott's report said Vinny Tatum, a former executive assistant to Pitino, told the FBI that he didn't see anything, but heard "only the sounds of two people that seemed to be enjoying themselves during a sexual encounter."

Abbott said records indicate that Pitino was in California when Sypher claimed she was sexually assaulted the second time.

A message Wednesday for Tatum at his office in the university's basketball practice facility was not immediately returned.

The case became public in April when Pitino announced that someone had tried to extort him. Pitino said he reported it to the FBI, and Sypher surrendered to authorities a few days later when she was named in a criminal complaint. At the time, several media outlets declined to air interviews with Sypher about allegations against Pitino, saying they were personal and unsubstantiated.

University sports information director Kenny Klein said the coach was in his office on Tuesday but directed all inquires to Pence. Pitino finished his eighth season with the Cardinals, leading them to a 31-6 record and the Big East regular-season and tournament titles. The Cardinals lost to Michigan State in the regional finals of the NCAA tournament.

Pitino is Catholic and brings along close friend and spiritual adviser, the Rev. Edward Bradley-a priest in Henderson, Ky.-on many team trips. Bradley often prays with the team before games and is a fixture near the Louisville bench. (that doesn't make him any better and gives the rest of us Catholics a bad name)

There was no answer late Tuesday at the priest's office where he also lives.

Tim Sypher was Pitino's personal assistant with the Boston Celticsfrom 1997-2001, then followed the coach to Louisville in 2001. He and Karen Sypher are currently going through a divorce.

A message for Tim Sypher was left Wednesday at the office of his divorce attorney.

The criminal complaint said Tim Sypher brought Pitino a written list of demands from his wife, including college tuition for her children, two cars, money to pay off her house and $3,000 per month. The demands later escalated, the complaint said. Tim Sypher has not been charged.

Besides Louisville and the Celtics, Pitino coached the New York Knicks from 1987 to 1989. His ties to the Bluegrass State are strong. He was at Kentucky from 1989 to 1997, where he earned one national championship and two other trips to the Final Four.

 


tericared
by on Aug. 12, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Ok I am sure most are gonna get me for this...but she came on to him,,had sex with him and then wanted money....There was a witness to prove it wasnt rape,,,,it never states that she had an abortion...I think she just wanted money....And no he should have never had sex with her....but I just dont get all the anger towards him.... He didnt tell her to go get an abortion,,if she was even pregnant to begin with...

BlueStarMom88
by on Aug. 12, 2009 at 12:22 PM

We are in mourning at my house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

PamR
by Ruby Member on Aug. 12, 2009 at 12:22 PM
Two weeks after they met she told him she was pregnant? Two weeks?
tericared
by on Aug. 12, 2009 at 12:24 PM


Quoting PamR:

Two weeks after they met she told him she was pregnant? Two weeks?


lol oh crap that got past me...

lolamac
by on Aug. 12, 2009 at 12:27 PM


Quoting tericared:

Ok I am sure most are gonna get me for this...but she came on to him,,had sex with him and then wanted money....There was a witness to prove it wasnt rape,,,,it never states that she had an abortion...I think she just wanted money....And no he should have never had sex with her....but I just dont get all the anger towards him.... He didnt tell her to go get an abortion,,if she was even pregnant to begin with...

I think this story speaks volumes of his character, rather lack thereof...and yes hers too. I have no tolerance for men/people like this. NO morals what so ever, no respect for his family or wife, just his selfish sexual needs.

Serenity7
by on Aug. 12, 2009 at 12:35 PM

I never pass judgement on anyone. I just pray for people

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margroc
by on Aug. 12, 2009 at 12:54 PM

I'm sorry but I think the guy is the victim in all this.  Yeah, he had sex while married - that's bad, I agree.  But it doesn't sound like rape to me.  If you were raped, not once but twice, would you not report it then instead of 6 years later AFTER you were indicted for extortion?  She asked for $3,000 for an abortion and she said she was pregnant 2 weeks after they had sex?  Sounds kinda fishy to me.  I doubt that she was pregnant at all. 

 

A society which emphasizes uniformity is one which creates intolerance and hate.  - Pierre E. Trudeau

behappilyever
by Bronze Member on Aug. 12, 2009 at 1:01 PM

they are both asshats.

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