Rick Pitino isn’t just going to go away without a fight.
After Louisville fired Pitino last month amid his alleged role in the FBI’s investigation into money corruption in college basketball, the now former coach of the Cardinals is fighting back. And he’s going big.
According to the AP and multiple reports, Pitino has filed a $38.7 million suit against the University of Louisville Athletic Association for breach of contract and firing him without a legally justifiable cause.
Pitino filed the lawsuit in United States directirct court on Thursday, also citing that he was not given the 10-day advance warning before he was dismissed.
Pitino is seeking “liquidated contract damages of $4.307 million through 2026.”
Pitino was not named in the FBI case but many reports linked him to being one of the coaches involved. Before his firing, he was already under scrutiny for the actions of a former assistant coach who set up escorts for recruits. Pitino has repeatedly denied knowledge of the escorts as well as any involvement in the payments investigated by the FBI.
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