Police and attorney: Pitino under investigation in Sypher case - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Police and attorney: Pitino under investigation in Sypher case

The Louisville police sex crimes unit is investigating U of L basketball coach Rick Pitino.

It comes after the woman accused of extorting him filed a complaint with police.

Pitino's attorney says the coach "is" cooperating with the investigation.

In fact, Steve Pence says Pitino went to authorities after learning Karen Sypher contacted police.

Sypher pleaded not guilty in federal court to charges she tried to extort millions of dollars from the U of L basketball coach.

She's also accused of lying to the FBI.

Monday night police confirmed there "is" an ongoing investigation that started when Sypher met with police last week.

And the commonwealth's attorney tells Fox 41 that police will turn the matter over to his office after the investigation is complete, probably this week.

Pitino's attorney Steve Pence issued this statement to Fox 41:

"Coach Pitino has been interviewed by the LMPD, is cooperating with their investigation, and has passed an independent polygraph examination refuting Karen Sypher's allegations.

"Her recent allegations to Louisville Metro Police Department are false and just another part of the fraud she has tried to perpetrate against Coach Pitino and his family.

"Facing federal charges, she is now attempting to create a defense," Pence said, on behalf of Pitino.

Neither Pence nor police will say what Sypher's allegations against Pitino are.



As Fox 41 was first to report, the extortion case stems from an encounter between Pitino and Sypher in 2003.

Last week Thomas Clay filed a motion to quit as Sypher's lawyer.

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