Five former Louisville basketball players and recruits revealed they attended on-campus parties that included strippers hired by former assistant coach Andre McGee, Outside The Lines reported Tuesday.
One of the former recruits that did not sign with Louisville said: “I knew they weren’t college girls. It was crazy. It was like I was in a strip club.”
A former Louisville player admitted he had sex with one of the dancers at the parties after McGee paid her. According to the report, many of the dancers stripped naked at parties at Billy Minardi Hall.
Three of the five players that spoke to OTL said they attended these types of parties as both recruits and again as players.
Former escort Katina Powell detailed to OTL how she came into contact with McGee and what she knew of the parties.
“He asked me if I had any girls willing to do a show,” said Powell, in reference to McGee, who at the time was living in the dorm with the Louisville players.
“Andre was the one who always had the money. They passed out the money, made it rain, made the deals and paid for the deals. He started the music and the girls would come out one by one. They would dance for the recruits.”
Additionally, Powell revealed that McGee approached her to see if any of the dancers had interest in making “side deals.” That was another way of framing sex between the dancers and the recruits, recruits’ family members and players.
“He asked me if the dancers wanted to make extra money by side deals with the players,” Powell said. “I said I’d ask the girls … I just know side deals were sex, and if they wanted to make extra money, that’s what the side deals were.”
Powell admitted to having sex with recruits, and that the dancers had sex with recruits, as well as their parents or guardians from 2010-14. She estimated that of the two dozen dancers, all but five or six engaged in sex at the parties.
McGee declined comment to OTL.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino has maintained a wait-and-see approach as he awaits more details on the scandal.
“I don’t know if any of this is true or not,” Pitino told ESPN and Yahoo! Sports.
“There’s only one person who knows the truth, and he needs to come out and tell the truth to his teammates, to the University of Louisville, to his fans and to his coaches that have taught him to do the right thing for years and allowed him to be part of something special here.