Louisville Coach Rick Pitino Won't Resign Over Stripper Scandal: 'I Will Not Let You Down'
The legendary coach says he didn't know an escort was being paid to throw parties for the team.
Legendary University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino who led the University Of Louisville to the 2013 NCAA championship says he won't quit in the wake of the sex scandal rocking his team.
"I will not resign and let you down." Pitino wroteon his website. “Someday I will walk away in celebration of many memorable years but that time is not now."
Pitino denies any knowledge of the explosive allegations made by former escort Katina Powell on INSIDE EDITION.
She claimed: “I was paid to bring girls, dancers to entertain recruits and players as have sex with recruits, players and parents.”
Powell said the parties took place over a four-year period in a campus dormitory.
She says her own daughters participated and were paid for sex with the recruits.
INSIDE EDITION’s Stephen Fabian asked her: “Do you believe that the head coach, Rick Pitino, knew this was going on?”
“Someone had to have said something to him,” she said. “You know, this is four years of ongoing parties. So for him to not know, just kinda, you know, baffles me a little bit.”
Pitino is getting support from the city of Louisville’s most famous native son -- boxing legend Muhammed Ali who tweeted:
This isn't the first time Coach Pitino has been caught up in an explosive sex scandal.
He admitted having an affair with former model Karen Sypher in 2003.
The affair did not end well. Sypher is now serving a seven-year prison sentence for attempting to extort $10 million from Pitino to keep her quiet. At a press conference in 2009, Pitino admitted paying her $3,000 for an abortion.
Now, Pitino faces pressure to resign over the new sex scandal.
One University Of Louisville professor said: "His continued affiliation with the university does lasting harm to our reputation," according to Louisville Courier-Journal.
The NCAA investigation into the scandal is ongoing. Pitino and the school's athletic director say they are cooperating.
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