Pitino lawyer: Allegations false

Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rick Pitino’s lawyer says allegations in an indictment that implies former Louisville men’s basketball coach was involved and aware of money payments to recruits are “false, misleading and defamatory.”

Steve B. Pence reiterated that Pitino had no knowledge of any payments to players. Christian Dawkins, who was indicted on Tuesday, says during a recorded conversation a coach agreed to call an Adidas executive for money to send the family of a recruit. Pitino is not named in the indictment.

Pence in a release Thursday called Dawkins’ allegation “wholly uncorroborated, inconsistent with other proof and, more importantly, false.”

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