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Pitino & Extortion Allegations

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The FBI is investigating the estranged
wife of Louisville's equipment manager regarding extortion
allegations leveled by coach Rick Pitino. That's according to her
attorney, who says he spoke with the FBI about the matter last
week. Thomas Clay represents Karen Sypher, the wife of longtime
equipment manager Tim Sypher.
Clay acknowledged Karen Sypher was contacted by the FBI after
Pitino filed a complaint last month that he was being targeted for
extortion.
Pitino said in a statement Saturday night that he planned to
keep the matter private but was forced into action when the
individual, whom he did not name, decided to go to the media. The
statement does not detail the nature of the threats.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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