Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Let's Reserve Judgement Until We Know...oh, crap.

Sadly, it doesn't get any more unsavory than this:
Louisville coach Rick Pitino told police that he had consensual sex with and paid for an abortion for the woman who has been charged with trying to extort him, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported on Tuesday.

Karen Cunagin Sypher was federally charged in April with demanding cars, tuition for her children and finally $10 million. Police interviewed Pitino regarding the incident last month, and according to the newspaper, he said that he gave the woman $3,000 to have an abortion.

Police records obtained by the Courier-Journal show that Pitino said he had sex with the then Karen Cunagin at a Louisville restaurant where he had been drinking on Aug. 1, 2003. He denied Cunagin Sypher's allegations that he raped her at the restaurant and then again later at a different location.

Pitino told police that Cunagin Sypher called him about two weeks after the initial encounter and said that she was pregnant. They arranged to meet at the condominium of Louisville strength coach Tim Sypher, whom she did not know at that time but would later marry.

According to the police report, Pitino said Cunagin Sypher had decided to get an abortion but claimed to not have health insurance. Pitino then gave her the $3,000. He told police that the two did not have sex at the condo or at any other location.

According to the report, Cunagin Sypher married Tim Sypher about six months later and, though she saw Pitino at team events, he claims there was never "any strange behavior." Cunagin Sypher and Tim Sypher are now estranged.

Cunagin Sypher reported the alleged rapes on July 9, about two months after she was indicted for extortion and lying to the FBI.

It was sort of well known that Pitino was having issues. Back in June, the intial reports came out that a somewhat nutty woman was giving him grief:
A 49-year-old former model and auto glass saleswoman who is accused of trying to extort cash, cars and a house from Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino says she has been set up.

Karen Cunagin (KOON-uh-gehn) Sypher (SEYE-fer) has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of trying to extort Pitino and of lying to the FBI. If convicted on both counts, she could spend seven years in prison.

She is free while awaiting her trial, scheduled to begin later this month, though her attorney has asked for a postponement.

Cunagin Sypher tells The Associated Press she is frightened but she wants to show her children that the justice system works.

Somehow, Pitino knew to turn to the FBI, and for that, he can thank television. On TV, the Feds always take the lonely, old, crazy lady and lock her up when she goes nuts and starts expecting to be taken care of. I don't know what to make of this. On the one hand, boy do I want to make jokes. On the other hand, what does this mean for Louisville in terms of the upcoming season? Is there time for Pitino to resign so that Louisville can recruit a new coach?

I think we miss the real issue here. And that's basketball. Nothing else matters. Will Louisville make a run this year and try to do some damage in the Big East? It's the toughest conference in men's basketball, I believe, and, really, when you get right down to it, Coach Pitino should have kept it in his pants.

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