Rick Pitino releases statement refuting reports that he participated in ‘pay for play’ scandal

A new piece of information that was made available to the public Wednesday has spurred reports that former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino not only knew about but participated in an alleged “pay for play” scandal in which Louisville arranged for 5-star recruit Brian Bowen to receive cash from apparel sponsor adidas.

Pitino, through his attorney, Steve Pence, lashed out at such reports Thursday.

Pence reiterated Pitino’s oft-made claim that he had no knowledge of any payments made to any recruits in his head coaching tenure. Pence also said that the newly unsealed information being cited by reports, in which runner Christian Dawins claimed that Pitino agreed to contact adidas executive James Gatto to secure funds for Bowen’s family, is nothing more than boasting on the part of Dawkins.

“These statements by Dawkins are wholly uncorroborated, inconsistent with other proof and, more importantly, false,” Pence’s statement reads.

Pence’s entire statement can be read below.

Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel noted earlier Thursday that the newly unsealed information, which was part of the indictment of Gatto, had been available to federal investigators for months. Pitino has not been charged of any wrongdoing.

The statement implicating Pitino read as follows: “Dawkins explained that while [Pitino] and the University of Louisville were recruiting [Bowen], Dawkins asked [Pitino] to call James Gatto to request that [Adidas] provide the money requested by the family of [Bowen], which [Pitino] agreed to do.”

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