It seems the world of NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball may not be as pure and innocent as we once thought. (Cough, cough).
Five former University of Louisville basketball players and recruits have accused former graduate assistant coach Andre McGee of buying them strippers and prostitutes. According to ESPN’s Outside the Lines, the players claim the incidents took place between 2010 to 2014 on the University of Louisville campus at the Billy Minardi Hall.
“I knew they weren’t college girls,” one former recruit said. “It was crazy. It was like I was in a strip club.”
For the record, I’ve met several college girls at strip clubs, so I’m not sure what this guy’s talking about.
But according to the former players and recruits, it didn’t stop with strippers. At least one player claims McGee paid a dancer to have sex with him.
“[McGee] would give us the money, just the recruits,” the former recruit said. “A bunch of us were sitting there while they danced. Then the players left, and the recruits chose which one [of the girls] they wanted.”
The new allegations come after former escort Katina Powell published a tell-all book about her experiences allegedly supplying girls to McGee on nearly two-dozen occasions in exchange for $10,000. This amount does not include money exchanged for sex, which was allegedly negotiated as “side deals.”
Powell also claims that McGee said Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was well aware of what was going on.
“I said, ‘Does Pitino know about this?’” said Powell. “And [McGee] said, 'He’s Rick. He knows about everything.’”
However, despite the new allegations, Pitino denies any knowledge of the incidents and says McGee is the only one involved.
“I don’t know if any of this is true or not,” Pitino told ESPN on Tuesday. “There’s only one person who knows the truth, and he needs to come out and tell the truth to his teammates, to the University of Louisville, to his fans and to his coaches that have taught him to do the right thing for years and allowed him to be part of something special here.”
Of course, the idea of a graduate assistant coach buying players and recruits strippers and hookers without the implicit, if not explicit approval of the other coaches is hard to swallow. Although I suppose it’s possible Pitino thought they were all going out for Ben and Jerry’s. But then again, that’s probably against NCAA rules, too.
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