Adidas Hit By Lawsuit By Rick Pitino


The FBI allegations against Louisville include payments of $100,000 to the family of an unnamed player to sign with the Cardinals.

Pitino told Bilas that a lie detector test administered by a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent prove that he is telling the truth.

Pitino said he was asked whether he had any knowledge of an Adidas transaction or of the recruit's family receiving money.

Pitino, fired with cause by the Louisville Athletics Association on Monday, explained again that he couldn't possibly know what Adidas and his assistant coach were alleged to have done.

Pitino's standard go-to defense anytime something fishy popped up with the Louisville program was the obvious and most common one; he didn't know about any suspicious activity going on in his program.

"In today's lawsuit, Coach Pitino swears that he had nothing to do with, and no knowledge of, the Adidas conspiracy", said Steve Pence, Pitino's attorney, referring to the college basketball fraud investigation that involves Louisville and Adidas.

Of course, lie detector tests are not a flawless method of separating the truth from falsehoods. "But I believe Brian Bowen chose the University of Louisville because he loved the visit, he loved his future teammates and he wanted to play for me". So should I know?

Four assistant coaches - Arizona's Emauel "Book" Richardson, Auburn's Chuck Person, Oklahoma State's Lamont Evans and USC's Anthony Bland were among those arrested, along with Adidas executive James Gatto. "As I take ownership for two hires, they must take ownership for what they did".

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Pitino lashed out at Adidas for its role in costing him his job.

"I've already been vindicated", Pitino said.

Pitino first pointed out the company terminated his contract without a phone call, but said that wasn't the reason. "I don't know. I just believe in that young man".

Pitino said he harbored no ill will toward the University of Louisville.

Pitino also bitterly complained about the Louisville board of trustees dismissing him "before facts came out". "They're not the University of Louisville that I know".

"There's nothing there. We're trying to get them to admit they made a mistake and move on".

"They're a board hired by the governor to deal with the president situation a while ago", he said.