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Rick Pitino officially fired by Louisville amid federal corruption probe

18 October, 2017, 02:38 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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Recently fired Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino is suing Adidas in an apparent attempt to clear his name after a bribery scandal hit the school.

The tort claim maintains that Pitino, who was the head coach at Louisville from 2001 until his 2017 firing, was not involved in and did not condone "these outrageous practices". Following the college's decision, Adidas also chose to cut ties with Pitino. The lawsuit accuses Adidas of engaging in "outrageous conduct" that caused "grave damage" to Pitino's reputation, as well as "extreme embarrassment, humiliation and emotional distress".

Pence went on to say that Adidas' involvement in the recruitment of Brian Bowen, "caused (Pitino) to be publicly ridiculed, vilified, and criticized, precisely because their actions make it appear that Coach Pitino knew about or participated in their conspiracy". In an email to WAVE3, Adidas spokeswoman, Maria Culp said, "Mr. Pitino's lawsuit is clearly a reaction to his termination yesterday and is without merit".

Association, a separate body that oversees Louisville's sports programs and comprised of trustees, faculty, students and administrators, on October 2 authorized university interim President Greg Postel to begin the process of firing Pitino for cause.

"No one swings a bigger d-- than [Coach-2]" at Adidas, the agent described Augustine as saying. Coach-2 is believed to be Pitino, though the coach has denied knowing anything of the alleged scheme.

The FBI complaint said that a phone number associated with the coach called Gatto three times in the days before the high-school player committed to Louisville.

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