Rick Pitino seeks compensatory, punitive damages in lawsuit against Adidas

Rick Pitino seeks compensatory, punitive damages in lawsuit against Adidas
Rick Pitino

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Rick Pitino has filed a lawsuit against Adidas America, Inc.

Pitino's lawsuit comes the day after he was officially fired by the UofL Athletic Association and subsequently his contract with Adidas terminated.

It was filed in the U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky.

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"This is state law tort claim for damages resulting from an athletic apparel company's outrageous conduct in conspiring to funnel money to the family of a college basketball recruit," the lawsuit states. "Specifically, Coach Pitino alleges that Adidas outrageously conspired to funnel money to the family of a recruit of the University of Louisville men's basketball team."

Read the full lawsuit here:

The preliminary statement goes on to state the following.

"Coach Pitino has striven to ensure that the University Louisville men's basketball program operates cleanly, properly, and in strict compliance with all NCAA, ACC and other regulatory requirements."

Pitino is requesting a trial by jury, a judgment against Adidas, compensatory and punitive damages against Adidas and recovery of all litigation costs allowed by Kentucky law.

Adidas responded to Pitino's lawsuit on Tuesday afternoon.

"Mr. Pitino's lawsuit is clearly a reaction to his termination yesterday and is without merit," an Adidas spokesperson said.

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