Five former University of Louisville players have confirmed to ESPN's Outside the Lines that allegations involving escorts and strippers that were detailed in Katina Powell's book are true.
Here are excerpts from ESPN.com:
Five former University of Louisville basketball players and recruits told Outside the Lines that they attended parties at a campus dorm from 2010 to 2014 that included strippers paid for by the team's former graduate assistant coach, Andre McGee.
One of the former players said he had sex with a dancer after McGee paid her. Each of the players and recruits attended different parties at Billy Minardi Hall, where dancers, many of whom stripped naked, were present. Three of the five players said they attended parties as recruits and also when they played for Louisville.
Said one of the recruits who ultimately signed to play elsewhere: "I knew they weren't college girls. It was crazy. It was like I was in a strip club."
ESPN's reports also specifically names former Louisville players Russ Smith and Montrezl Harrell:
Lindsay Powell, 24, Katina's daughter, told Outside the Lines she danced at multiple parties and was paid $100 to have sex with former Louisville point guard Russ Smith, part of the Cardinals' 2013 NCAA championship team and now a player with the Memphis Grizzlies. Katina Powell's book also mentions the allegation involving Smith, who did not respond to requests for comment.
"I believe that McGee came to my mom and said something to her about it, and my mom came to me and I was like 'OK,' and we went in another room and we had sex," Lindsay Powell said.
During another party, Rod Ni Powell, 22, another daughter of Katina's, said she was paid to have sex with former Cardinals player Montrezl Harrell, a power forward who now plays for the Houston Rockets. Katina Powell told Outside the Lines and wrote in her book that Harrell, who played with Louisville from 2012-15, had sex paid for by McGee as a recruit and as a player.
"Montrezl was there, and I don't know, I guess he felt left out. He just kind of asked me if I would do it, and I did it. I got paid maybe $100, maybe a little more," Rod Ni Powell said.
Perhaps most damaging for Louisville is ESPN's confirmation that Katina Powell sent text messages and received a wire transfer from former staffer Andre McGee:
Outside the Lines reviewed Powell's journals, text messages and phone records and independently confirmed that text messages sent to Powell to arrange the parties came from McGee's cellphone. Further, Outside the Lines has independently confirmed a wire transfer of money from McGee to Powell on one occasion.
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