Rick Pitino’s legal professional refutes claims that the latest NCAA indictment straight implicates his shopper
three:08 PM. EST November 09, 2017
LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) – The legal professional for Coach Rick Pitino says Pitino was not conscious nor was he concerned in any fee to recruits or the households of recruits.
This latest badertion comes after the indictments of eight males within the FBI’s case of fraud and corruption in a number of faculty basketball packages, together with the University of Louisville.
In the indictment, one paragraph references Coach-2, who WHAS 11 News has been instructed is former Louisville head basketball coach, Rick Pitino.
While extra info is alleged about Coach-2 within the authentic criticism made public September 26, there’s a related paragraph within the indictment. Both paperwork concentrate on claims made by Dawkins throughout a dialog in a Las Vegas Hotel Room in July, which federal investigators mentioned occurred after a gathering with an badistant coach from Louisville.
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“Dawkins then mentioned that he had spoken with and knowledgeable Coach-2 that “I want you to name Jim Gatto [the defendant,} who’s the top of every little thing at Company-1’s basketball program,” the criticism mentioned.
“Specifically Dawkins defined that the whereas Coach-2 and the University of Louisville have been recruiting the student-athlete, Dawkins requested Coach-2 to name James Gatto a/ok/a Jim the defendant to request that Company-1 present the cash requested by the household of the student-athlete, which Coach-2 agreed to do,” the indictment reads.
The reference to an settlement is the distinction.
Reached by cellphone Wednesday night, Pitino’s legal professional Steve Pence downplayed any significance of the distinction.
Pence issued the most recent badertion on Thursday. You can learn it in full:
“Coach Pitino was not conscious of, and didn’t take part in, any fee to any recruits or their households. The current indictment returned in New York doesn’t allege that Coach Pitino was conscious of, nor that he participated in, any fee to any recruits or their households. Reports on the contrary are false, deceptive and defamatory. The solely point out of Coach Pitino within the indictment is a single badertion by defendant Dawkins, who boasted that he had communicated with Coach Pitino in regards to the scheme concocted by him and his co-conspirators. Dawkins made the same boast about communications with a coach on the University of Miami. But these statements by Dawkins are wholly uncorroborated, inconsistent with different proof and, extra importantly, false.
Had Dawkins communicated with Coach Pitino, the FBI wiretap and cellphone data would have captured the dialog. They did not. All indications are that Dawkins’s apply was to drop the title of a widely known coach to reinforce his stature along with his co-conspirators, with a view to persuade them to present him more cash. The criticism and indictment bear this out.
Coact Pitino has totally cooperated with the federal government’s investigation and can proceed to take action. It is irresponsible for any entity to magnify or contort the details to make it seem that Coach Pitino had any position in his conspiracy, whe in truth he didn’t. There merely isn’t any reputable curiosity served by any entity (authorities or in any other case) publicly smearing a person when that particular person has not been supplied a discussion board by which to vindicate his rights.
This utilized to al residents, together with Coach Pitino.
Coach Pitino stands by his earlier badertion: He has by no means allowed or identified of any funds to any his recruits or their households throughout his whole faculty teaching profession at Boston University, Providence, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Louisville.”
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