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Pitino admits to sexual relationship with Sypher

Karen Sypher Karen Sypher
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By Kent Taylor - bio | email 
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The alleged extortion of University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino is the case that has had Louisville and the sports world buzzing. Once Karen Sypher was charged criminally with the attempted extortion, she filed her own criminal complaint against Pitino. That complaint had been private until now.

The Courier-Journal and reporter Andrew Wolfson obtained the police reports into the allegations by Sypher that she was raped by Pitino. According to the Courier-Journal, the report says Pitino told police that he had consensual sex with Karen Cunagin Sypher at a Louisville restaurant where he'd been drinking on August 1, 2003.

Pitino also told police that he later gave Sypher $3,000 to have an abortion, according to Louisville Metro Police reports the Courier-Journal obtained under the Kentucky Open Records Act.

The police investigation did not result in any charges against Pitino. His lawyer, Steve Pence, did not immediately return a phone call from WAVE 3.

Pitino has not talked publicly since a June 12 press conference during which he addressed the situation and his future at UofL. "My job is to focus on, on the University of Louisville and the basketball program, and you know, I've got to the best job. Times aren't easy. I'm not going to tell you. I'm not going to lie to you. I'm not going to talk about it. Times aren't easy. But, if I can get through 9-11, I can get through anything in my life. I got through 9-11 and there's nothing ever going to come close to that. We'll get through this in a positive way and move on."

Tuesday night, WAVE 3 received this statement from UofL president Dr. James Ramsey:

"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. My thoughts are with Coach Pitino and his family."

In a statement released Tuesday night by Kenny Klein, UofL Assistant AD for Media Relations, Vice President of Athletics Tom Jurich said:

"Coach Pitino has been truthful with us about this matter all along and we stand by him and his family during this process."

Once again, no criminal charges were filed against Pitino as a result of Sypher's claims. Sypher is scheduled appear in court for another hearing in her federal extortion case later this month.

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