Rick Pitino lets loose on Katina Powell allegations

Back in November, Louisville and coach Rick Pitino were accused of some serious misconduct by bringing in strippers and prostitutes to sway recruits to sign with the school. A former Louisville recruit also confirmed the allegations, but it seems like there may have been some fishy reporting going on.

Katina Powell is the former escort who has published the book "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen" that alleges the strippers and prostitutes were on campus many times between 2010 and 2014 and that it was organized under former assistant Andre McGee.

Pitino did a pre-game press conference for the first time in weeks since the allegations came out and he is not pleased to say the least with some questionable reporting —- as he sees it —- on the matter. He also had to clarify what happened after the Kentucky game (did he flip off the fans?) and he went on a rather long-winded rant.

The entire transcript can be found here, but the gist was that he didn't flip off the fans and the reporting is shoddy. People complained about him not showing up to the press conference after the game, but he had told a few people 36 hours in advance that he wasn't going to do it because of how emotional that rivalry game gets.

This paragraph from Pitino really set the mood of this press conference though and how he felt towards the reporters at WDRB.

What bothers me about you (turning to Rick Bozich) is you say, I know everybody's body fat, you must know about this (events in the dorm). That pisses me off, beyond your wildest dreams. Because that took place in Billy Minardi Hall, and we didn't get one recruit. Somebody criminally came onto our campus. I'm pissed off at ESPN for even giving a forum to that person. 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. If there are crimes, now I don't know if there are crimes being committed.

Pitino was critical of the whole process and much more information can be found in the entire transcript where Pitino makes things a whole lot more interesting.