The EZ Life: The local media and Pitino

Posted: April 24, 2009 by bigez in Louisville Basketball, Posted by Big EZ, The EZ Life

I’ll get to my own thoughts on this in a moment.
But first, the facts:
  • The affidavit from the FBI regarding Karen Sypher, Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino’s alleged extortionist, is out. The Courier-Journal published a quick blurb on it, but it’s got some interesting stuff, like this:

According to the affidavit, they discussed the possibility of a house, cars and money. The affidavit goes on to say that Tim Sypher delivered to Pitino on March 6 a written list of demands from Karen Sypher calling for college tuition for her children, two cars of her choice, a house paid off, $3,000 cash per month and a lump-sum payment of $75,000 if Pitino leaves U of L.

According to the affidavit, the note says, “If all is accepted, I will protect Rick Pitino’s name for life.”

  • Pat Forde is one of the best sports writers in the business, and he had the tough job of interviewing Sypher. He did well getting across Sypher’s feelings on this whole mess without releasing unsubstantiated claims from her, which would’ve been dangerous for all parties. His article is here. An intriguing note from the story:

    The FBI gave Karen Sypher a polygraph test. Multiple sources say she didn’t pass the test.

  • Now my thoughts, for what they’re worth (which isn’t much).

    My opinion on the case itself… (read the rest at

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