Friday, October 2, 2015

Book Claims Louisville Basketball Staffer Hired Escorts, Strippers to Entertain Players and Recruits

There are shocking claims about the Louisville men's basketball program in a book that is set to be released as soon as Saturday.

According to multiple reports, the book claims a former Louisville basketball staffer hired escorts and strippers to entertain players and recruits.

The entertainment allegedly included stripping and sexual acts.

Here is an excerpt from

The details of the book, which is based on hundreds of journal entries and thousands of text messages kept by the head of the escort service, have triggered the University of Louisville to launch an internal investigation into its storied men’s basketball program. During the years described in the book, the Cardinals went to the Final Four in 2012 and won the national championship in 2013.

The Indianapolis-based NCAA has been told of the internal investigation, according to University of Louisville officials.

Titled “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," the book tells the story of Louisville stripper and escort Katina Powell. She claims she was hired repeatedly by former University of Louisville basketball staffer Andre McGee to provide strippers and prostitutes during the campus visits of highly sought high school basketball players—and in some cases their fathers—as well as then-current Louisville players. The book names players involved.

McGee, who played for the Cardinals from 2005-2009, was a Louisville graduate assistant for two years before being promoted to director of basketball operations in 2012. McGee left the school in 2014 to take an assistant coaching job for the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

In her book, the 43-year-old Powell said she provided entertainment for 22 parties from 2010 to 2014, many at Billy Minardi Hall, an on-campus dormitory for many Louisville basketball players. The dorm is named after Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino’s brother-in-law, who was killed in the 9/11 attacks in New York.

At the parties, a number of women—including Powell and three of her daughters—stripped and danced in front of the Louisville recruits and players—as well as performed sex acts with them, said Powell.

At those parties, Powell said, high school-age recruits were offered alcohol by McGee, who also arranged additional payment to her and her dancers if the recruits wanted to have sex with them.

Complete Article

Obviously, these are shocking allegations that would result in heavy penalties if proven to be accurate. 

Louisville has called a press conference for 5:45 p.m. ET today. 

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