Another college basketball recruiting fiasco has reached national attention.
Talking about winning by any means necessary!? The Louisville Cardinals basketball program are under scrutiny due to the allegation of using strippers and prostitutes to recruit players to be apart of the storied basketball program. According to Katina Powell, Louisville’s graduate assistant Andre McGee paid Powell who supplied the team with escorts to the former members and players being recruited at organized parties that were held minutes away from campus.
ESPN’s Outside the Lines interviewed one of the former players after the allegation got out. He had this to say about how the event was coordinated:
The former player who said he had sex with a dancer told Outside the Lines that McGee provided him with one-dollar bills to tip dancers and paid for one of the dancers to have sex with the player in a separate room. One of the other former players, who said he attended the parties as a recruit and player, said McGee “would give us the money, just the recruits. A bunch of us were sitting there while they danced. Then the players left, and the recruits chose which one [of the dancers] they wanted.”
In fact Powell told Outside the Lines that she helped regulate deals in which players paid for sex. She went to admit that her daughter was involved in one of the deals.
Lindsay Powell, 24, Katina’s daughter, told Outside the Lines she danced at multiple parties and was paid $100 to have sex with former Louisville point guard Russ Smith, part of the Cardinals’ 2013 NCAA championship team and now a player with the Memphis Grizzlies. Katina Powell’s book also mentions the allegation involving Smith, who did not respond to requests for comment.
“I believe that McGee came to my mom and said something to her about it, and my mom came to me and I was like ‘OK,’ and we went in another room and we had sex,” Lindsay Powell said.
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino claimed that they had no knowledge of the series of activities that occurred outside of the court. But as the NCAA are reviewing these accusations, Pitino and the Cardinals better pray hard to the basketball gods that these allegations were far fetched and untrue. If so, it’s safe to say that Louisville should prepared for its own death bed as the NCAA will come down hard with heavy sanctions.
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