Woman in Extortion of Pitino Investigation Speaks Out

The woman at the forefront of a federal investigation involving an extortion attempt on Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is speaking out.

Karen Sypher, the estranged wife of Louisville's equipment manager, Tim Sypher spoke to FOX 41 News in Louisville. She described what her life has been like since being identified as the one involved in the extortion case. "I thought, how can you judge me? asks Sypher. "You don't know. You haven't walked in my shoes. You don't know what I'm going through, what my family is going through."

Sypher claims of a personal nature are the center of the alleged extortion attempt of money from Pitino. Pitino released a statement calling the allegations false and defamatory.

"What they did is wrong. Everyone seems to be--tell the truth Karen, tell the truth. Well, you know, ask them, hook them up to polygraphs. Ask them the truth," says Sypher.

Sypher took a polygraph test given by an independent expert hired by Fox 41, but the results were inconclusive. Sypher's mom, Judy Cunigan says "If anyone's going to talk, why can't it be Mr. Pitino?"

Sypher, who is going through a divorce with her husband, Tim says of the situation, "It is worse than a nightmare. I'm scared to close my eyes to sleep, and I'm scared to wake up."


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