Months after an alleged prostitution scandal rocked the Louisville basketball program, coach Rick Pitino addressed the issue at length in a press conference Friday.
“I’m not going to say no comment,” he said (via WDRB). “I’m not going to say it. I’m too old. I don’t care, OK? So I’m not going to say it. There’s only one good thing about being 63, is you don’t care what people think anymore.”
Back in October, five former Louisville recruits told Outside the Lines that they attended on-campus parties featuring strippers hired by former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee. That information corroborated allegations in a tell-all book by former stripper Katina Powell that came out this fall.
At the time, Pitino said, “I don’t know if any of this is true or not.”
He’s become more skeptical since.
“I’m bothered by this a lot, when I go to bed at night, I’m bothered by a lot of all of this, because of my beliefs in how a program should be run,” he said Friday. “I’m not too sure that a lot of these things are the truth.”
Pitino was especially upset with ESPN, which aired an exclusive interview with Powell this fall.
“I’m pissed off at ESPN for even giving a forum to that person,” he said. “If there are crimes — now I didn’t read the book, you guys read the book, so I only know what people tell me — but if there are crimes being committed, why is the NCAA or ESPN giving a forum to that person?”
Louisville, which entered the season unranked, is currently No. 18 with an 11-2 record.