'Breaking Cardinal Rules' soars to top of Amazon bestseller lists
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Just two days after it's release, the tell-all book alleging escorts were hired for University of Louisville men's basketball players and recruits is topping charts, turning a self-proclaimed "escort queen" and high school dropout into a best-selling author.
"Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen" is now the #1 selling sports memoir on Amazon. The book tells the story of Louisville resident Katina Powell who alleges she was paid by former UofL player and staff member Andre McGee to provide women - including three of her own daughters - to dance and have sex with the players, recruits, and in some cases, the recruits' fathers.
"I felt like I was part of the recruitment team," Powell says in the opening line of the book. "A lot of them players went to Louisville because of me."
The book of just over 100 pages contains diary entries and numerous text messages that Powell said she received from McGee. The book was co-authored by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dick Cady.
"Katina Powell makes no beef about it," said Indianapolis Business Journal reporter Anthony Schoettle who has had the chance to speak to Powell. "She wrote the book and she is publishing the book part and parcel for the money."
The validity of Powell's allegations are now the subject of investigations launched by the NCAA and the University of Louisville.
"For somebody to engineer this kind of story with this kind of detail including the fact that she prostituted out her three young daughters, boy that's a pretty imaginative person there," Schoettle said. "I'd almost call that person a genius."
Though the book is at the top of the charts, some early reviews are poor. Readers are calling the book "salacious crap" and warning others "don't waste your money," giving the book low ratings.
Fans and coaching staff are trying to look past the allegations and look forward to the upcoming season.
"Anytime that the timing is right before the season you have to think there's other motives," Bob Hamilton, a UofL fan, said.
After Saturday's Red and White scrimmage, UofL head coach Rick Pitino said the school's version of events detailed in the book will be released soon.
"The strong survive, the tough get tougher and it's my job to administer spirit and positive emotion and make sure people don't get down," Pitino said to the media following the scrimmage.
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