Charges Filed In Pitino Extortion Case

The FBI and the Acting US Attorney have announced that a criminal complaint was filed in a Louisville court, against Karen Sypher.The complaint charges that Sypher had intentions to extort money from University of Louisville Basketball Coach Rick Pitino.

According to an Affidavit, Sypher was responsible for telephone messages left on Pitino's cell phone by an unidentified male in February, 2009. The messages concerned allegations of a personal nature. Sypher is also accused of falsely denying to the FBI that she knew who made the calls. The caller told agents Sypher had prompted him to make the February calls.

Sypher's attorney arranged for her to voluntarily appear in court Friday afternoon on charges of extortion and lying to the FBI. She did not enter a plea and was released on her own recognizance. She'll be back in court May 13.

According to the Associated Press the complaint says Sypher's husband brought Pitino a written list of demands including a house, cars and money. It says Sypher wanted college tuition for her children, two cars of her choice, her house paid off and $3,000 per month. The complaint says those demands were later withdrawn when she
asked for $10 million instead. It isn't clear why she was demanding the money. Court documents say only that Pitino believed it was related to an encounter in 2003.

Pitino's attorney, Steve Pence, released the following statement:
"Last week, my client, Coach Rick Pitino, issued a statement disclosing that he had reported an extortion attempt against himself and his family to the FBI. Today, the United States brought criminal charges against the perpetrator of this scheme. While Coach Pitino takes no comfort in this prosecution and remains astonished by these events, it marks a turning point that allows him to focus with a clear mind once again on his family and his team. Coach Pitino is grateful for the support so many people have shown him in recent days. Given that this is a federal criminal prosecution in which we are cooperating, I have directed Coach Pitino not to comment any further about this case. Any inquiries should be referred to the United States Attorney's Office or to me."


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  • by RossKYcats Location: Lexington on May 22, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    LMAO I could only hope NIT Billy G. would get the Louisville job. Billy the Turd is a loser just like Louisville and they would be perfect for each other. Give Billy more time? YEAA RIIIGHT. Pick up a paper and read how NIT Billy treated the players. treated the parents and treated the FANS!! He was a mistake from the start and UK finally woke up and hired a coach they shoulda hired 2 YEARS AGO!! So take Billy G. You deserve him and as far as Pricktino goes. He is GUILTY!! Sh*t.. He is no friggin saint be any means and I hope when all is said and done he cant find another job at a middle school! Mitch and Todd were fools... Fools for hiring the Turd and if UofL is interested in him. Welll.. They arent smart enough to see what an ignorant mistake that would be! So go for it Loserville.. Fire Pricktino and hire the Turd. lmfao..lmfao GO WILDCATS!!!
  • by AGREE on Apr 28, 2009 at 12:14 PM
    I agree the fox has come out of the hen house and wants her treat now!! I also agree that he should resign if he is proven guilty. U of L would be an excellent school for the former UK coach Billy G. The AD and president would give him time. They would not be fools like the backwards Mitch and Todd. Wake up folks, the famous Rick has been slipping on the side. I am sure it is more than that one lady.
  • by Monica Location: Lex on Apr 27, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    Has little Ricky been a bad boy?
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Apr 26, 2009 at 06:15 PM
    Sounds like lil Rickie has been where he should not have been.
  • by Johnnie Location: Lancaster on Apr 26, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    I think there was a fox in the HEN house. And now the hen wants her payday !!!
  • by Doug Location: London on Apr 26, 2009 at 07:29 AM
    I think some people need to wait and see in the trial. Alot of jumping to conclusions going on here.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2009 at 07:02 PM
    i think pitino is a rainbow warrior
  • by sandra Location: pikeville on Apr 25, 2009 at 05:13 PM
    I just wonder what Pitino did to make them think they could extort money from him. It must of been something bad.
  • by Paul Location: Lexington on Apr 25, 2009 at 04:44 PM
    I have no doubt that Rick Pitino has some skeletons in his closet, and she probably knows about them and/or was a aprticipant. However, trying to use those to extort him really shows what a low class woman she is. If she really just wanted to tell her side of the story, she could have done that without trying to gain personally from it...so I say this is just another typical gold digging leach until proven otherwise!! Isnt society tired of these women who use their body to get ahead in life and then want to play the poor victim, maybe for once this one will have to pay the price!
  • by STUPID LADY on Apr 25, 2009 at 03:20 PM
    Come on people, read!!!! Rick is guilty. She did not collect on the debt when the affair was happening that is her fault. Now she wants money or more money. Its no telling how much he gave her when the affair was going on. She better have proof. Now how many people do you know outside his family, U of L staff, administration, have his cell number? Not many. They had an affair. I would like to see him resign and they hire the former UK COACH Billy G. I agree to that. Rick is rich. He can go home or go back to the pros and retire.
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