Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino responds to Adidas allegations

Former college basketball coach Rick Pitino is back in the news, once again clamoring louder than a Billy Joel fan at one of his concerts that he is an innocent man.

On Monday, Adidas asked a federal judge to dismiss Pitino’s lawsuit, saying the coach was “both aware and supported the scheme.”

Pitino responded to the suggestion of the dismissal in a statement through his lawyer.

“The motion filed by Adidas, Inc. to dismiss the federal complaint filed by Coach Pitino against the company cites no new facts and relies solely on the allegations contained in an indictment filed by the United States against Adidas employee, James Gatto, and others acting on behalf of Adidas,” the statement reads.

“Any suggestion by Adidas that Coach Pitino knew or should have know of the payments made by an Adidas representative or on behalf of Adidas to any recruit or the family of any recruit is totally false and misleading.”

Here’s the full statement:

If Pitino is permitted to continue with his lawsuit, then he will receive the opportunity to keep arguing his innocence. All along, the coach has argued he was unaware of any payments from Adidas to recruits because the apparel company covered it up.

Louisville fired Pitino with cause in October after an FBI report appeared to suggest Adidas had funneled $100,000 to at least one Cardinals commit in the 2018 class. That player is Brian Bowen, whom the school  recently ruled will not be eligible to rejoin the team. Adidas executive James Gatto was implicated in the scheme and presented with criminal charges.

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