Pastner has made little comment of substance on the matter since Tech basketball players Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson were first withheld from competition and then suspended by the NCAA, but privately has been caused considerable stress by the matter. He released a statement along with his attorneys.
"I am disgusted and devastated by the actions of two individuals to whom I showed compassion. My family and I are victims of fraud and extortion and to the extent to which these individuals have gone to harm us is truly unfathomable. I absolutely and unequivocally never assaulted or harassed Ms. Pendley and I am truly sickened by these false claims."
Pastner went on to say that he had no knowledge of the violations involving Jackson and Okogie and that “any assertion or allegation suggesting otherwise is simply false.”
Reached early Saturday, Bell called Pastner’s statements “100 percent false.”
Pastner’s attorneys filed a 47-page complaint Friday with the Superior Court of Arizona in Pima County (where Bell and Pendley live, in Oro Valley) that details what they lay out a case that Bell:
^ has a "long history of criminal conduct and antisocial and dishonest behavior";
^ duped Pastner into friendship by identifying himself as a cancer victim (they claim he is not);
^ turned on Pastner in October 2017 in part because of a dispute with a team staffer;
^ ultimately attempted to use the benefits that he provided to Okogie and Jackson as leverage in an attempt to extort Pastner.
The statement from Pastner’s attorneys described Pastner as a “an unfortunate victim in an elaborate and mean-spirited campaign to harm him and his family.” It also stated that Bell and Pendley “have zero credibility in making allegations against Josh and we will not allow the reputation and character of Josh to be called into question by these individuals.”