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Pulitzer Prize-winning co-author of 'Breaking Cardinal Rules' says he believes woman's claims

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man behind the book claiming to expose sex and escorts in University of Louisville basketball is speaking out.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, who wrote "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," said he stands behind the shocking allegations.

"The book has been thoroughly vetted," Dick Cady said. "We weren't trying to hide motivation."

Cady has written six books and spent more than 40 years in the newspaper business. On Sunday, he spoke with WDRB,

"Just because she was a whore, so-called, that doesn't mean she ain't telling the truth," Cady said during a phone interview.

Cady says Katina Powell, a self-proclaimed madam, came to the Indianapolis Business Journal book division in April.

She brought along her journals that claim she was paid for providing escort services to U of L players, recruits and some of their fathers from 2010 to 2014.

"Well, I read it to find out whether or not it was believable and whether or not it would be provable,” Cady said.

Cady says that he and a publisher met with Powell 40 to 50 times during a six-month period. From phone calls and text messages to receipts and pictures, Cady says they have the proof.

They interviewed dancers and tried to talk with players, recruits and coaches.

"We did our homework, we did our job, we gathered the facts and sought to find the truth," he said. "And we believe that the book itself is pretty convincing."

Powell claims she was paid more than $10,000 for the services she provided with her teenage daughters, and that the money came from former director of basketball operations Andre McGee.

McGee's attorney denied the allegations.

"One side has come out right now, and I think the truth will come out," U of L head basketball coach Rick Pitino said.

Pitino talked about the book Saturday following his team's Red-White scrimmage

"Taking pictures with girls that look like college students ... there's nothing wrong with that.”

But Cady says these were not ordinary pictures.

"They weren't there for photo-snapping sessions. They weren't selling Girl Scout cookies. They were there for what they said they were there for."

When it comes to critics and fans saying the evidence doesn't add up, Cady disagrees.

"I just don't agree that it doesn't prove anything. I think it proves a lot. If you look at the totality of it, I think the village idiot can see the truth of it," he said.

“I'm also confident that once the dust settles, as they say, the truth will be reached. And I think the truth is in that book. I wouldn't put my name on it if I didn't think so."

Cady says Powell has even more information not revealed in the book that she will eventually come forward with.


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