Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Three Former Louisville Recruits Told NCAA Investigators About Sex at Stripper Parties

According to ESPN investigative reporter John Barr, three former University of Louisville men's basketball recruits told the NCAA that sex occurred at stripper parties during recruiting visits.

Here's an excerpt of the report from

At least three former University of Louisville men's basketball recruits have confirmed to NCAA investigators that they attended parties inside an on-campus dorm where strippers danced for them and prostitutes were paid to have sex with them, a source close to the NCAA investigation told Outside the Lines.

The source said the three former Louisville recruits met with NCAA investigators in October and November. Chuck Smrt, the person hired by the University of Louisville to monitor the progress of the NCAA's investigation, also attended those meetings.

"There's no question this stuff happened," the source said. "There's no question the people at the University of Louisville know this happened. Katina Powell is not an admirable person, but she told the truth."

The recruits also alleged that Andre McGee distributed substantial amounts of money at the parties:

Another recruit, who ultimately signed to play elsewhere, said of the parties: "I knew they weren't college girls. It was crazy. It was like I was in a strip club."

It's not clear whether any of those five players have spoken to NCAA investigators.

The three recruits who met with NCAA investigators also provided information about the amount of money they were given by McGee at the parties to tip the dancers who stripped, the source close to the investigation said.

"It's a pathetic story," the source said. "McGee gave the players a stack of dollar bills ranging from $200 to $500. Everybody in the room got the money -- the recruits and the current members of the team. Not only that, but McGee himself had his own stack of dollar bills. If this guy's spending $2,000 to $3,000 on a recruiting weekend, where's this money coming from?"

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