Adidas asks for Rick Pitino lawsuit to be thrown out

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT/WDRB) - Apparel company Adidas is asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit by former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.

WDRB reportsAdidas responded on Friday in a federal court filing to Pitino's lawsuit, saying the case should be thrown out because evidence suggests Pitino was both aware of and supported a scheme to pay his players.

The FBI has launched an investigation into several men's basketball programs, and has made some arrests, but no arrests have been made on Louisville's staff.

Pitino was fired by the university in October, which led to his lawsuit against Adidas, claiming the company's employees conspired to bribe the family of a basketball recruit, which in turn caused him to be publicly ridiculed and criticized, according to Pitino's lawyer Steve Pence.

Pitino was later found to be identified as "Coach-2" in the FBI's criminal complaint, which was filed in September. The criminal complaint says "Coach-2" helped setup and organize the paying of a basketball recruit, but Pitino denies any knowledge of such a plan.

Pitino has said he is not sure if he will ever coach again after this scandal.

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