In Tell-All Book, Former Escort Katrina Powell says She Arranged Stripper and Sex Parties to Woo Louisville Basketball Recruits

Katrina Powell claims that she was paid some $10,000 from 2010 to 2014 to arrange stripper and sex parties for University of Louisville basketball recruits.   ESPN SCREENSHOT
Katrina Powell claims that she was paid some $10,000 from 2010 to 2014 to arrange stripper and sex parties for University of Louisville basketball recruits.
ESPN SCREENSHOT

The University of Louisville men’s basketball program has been rocked to its core by scathing allegations from a former escort who claims that she and several women, including two of her daughters, were paid to have sex with players and recruits considering attending the storied university.

On Tuesday, several former Cardinals players told ESPN’s Outside the Lines that claims made in Katrina Powell’s tell-all book, Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen, are true.

“I knew they weren’t college girls. It was crazy. It was like I was in a strip club,” one of the former players told ESPN. All of the players were given anonymity by ESPN to tell their side of the story.

According to Powell, who also spoke with Outside the Lines, Cardinals graduate assistant Andre McGee, who lived in the dorm with the players, paid Powell some $10,000 from 2010 to 2014 to provide women for stripper parties inside the campus dorms. She claims that those women who were willing to earn extra cash were paid to have sex with highly touted high school players who were considering the university.

Powell told OTL that she “knew this day would come” when she would need to prove that these parties filled with sex and alcohol actually happened, so she kept a journal, phone records and text messages, which she provided to the sports site to prove her claims.

ESPN independently verified one money wire transfer from McGee to Powell that happened after McGee left the school.

Coach Rick Pitino, who led the Cardinals to a national title in 2013 and is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, has denied any knowledge of parties or of women being paid to have sex with recruits.

“I am shocked over this,” Pitino told the Indianapolis Business Journal. “My heart is just taken out of my body and broken.” Pitino told the newspaper that when he first heard the allegations, he spoke with former players and coaches, including McGee, about the book’s allegations, and all of them denied knowing anything about it.

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Source: The Root |  STEPHEN A. CROCKETT JR.