Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino has filed a civil lawsuit against Adidas America, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach. The lawsuit comes just one day after Pitino was officially relieved of his duties as Louisville’s head coach.
Pitino alleges Adidas caused him damages by “conspiring to funnel money to the family of a college basketball recruit…all without Coach Pitino’s knowledge, participation, or acquiescence.” Among those damages, per the lawsuit, are “public and private standing and reputation, causing him extreme embarrassment, humiliation, and emotional distress.”
The lawsuit continues by say its purpose “is Coach Pitino’s vehicle for proving that he had nothing to do with Adidas’ outrageous, wrongful, and illegal conspiracy.”
Pitino has a vested interest in proving he had nothing to do with Adidas’ role in the ongoing FBI investigation into fraud in corruption across college basketball. Pitino, who was fired with cause, still has $44M remaining on his contract. He’s expected to fight Louisville for the remained of the deal.