Karen Sypher: 'not surprised' her complaint on Pitino was ignored - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Karen Sypher: 'not surprised' her complaint on Pitino was ignored

By Bennett Haeberle WDRB-TV Fox 41 News

Prosecutors have decided not to pursue charges against UofL basketball coach Rick Pitino.

In an exclusive interview with Fox 41 News, the woman charged with trying to extort Pitino says she's not surprised.

Karen Sypher says she 'prayed' a police investigation would lead somewhere after she went to Metro Police detectives last week to file a criminal complaint about Pitino. But that hit a wall Wednesday, and Sypher says authorities failed to investigate.

"That doesn't surprise me at all. It just all coincides together. It does not surprise me at all," said Sypher during an interview with Fox 41 News. 

In the interview, Sypher says she does not believe prosecutors or police gave her complaint serious consideration.

Last week, Sypher told police allegations that could be considered "criminal in nature" stemming from an encounter she had with Pitino in 2003.

This week, Metro Police turned over its investigative file to the office of Commonwealth Attorney Dave Stengel, who decided his office would not pursue charges against the coach.

Sypher says authorities should have spent more time investigating.

"Absolutely, they definitely should have done that but that's not up to me that's up to the courts. And I still have faith in that," said Sypher.

Pitino's attorney Steve Pence called Sypher's allegations "false" and "just an extension of her fraud against the coach."

Stengel released a statement saying "he had reviewed the videotaped complaint made by Karen Sypher... and found it void of credibility and lacking any supporting evidence."

"I think this is a much longer road now for more people. Quite a few more people," said Sypher.

Sypher would not elaborate on who else she thinks might be implicated in this scheme.

She has pleaded not guilty to charges of extortion and lying to federal agents. Authorities say she tried to extort millions of dollars from Pitino stemming from their encounter.

Another man, Lester Goetzinger, was charged with aiding and abetting Sypher. He's accused of making threatening phone calls to Pitino demanding money.

Sypher first came to Fox 41 News months ago with allegations about Pitino which are still being investigated.

Sypher's trial date has been postponed as she continues to search for a new attorney. Sypher has not worked in months and said her new attorney might be court-appointed. She and attorney Thomas Clay parted ways last week.

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