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U of L athletic association board meets behind closed doors amid Katina Powell sex scandal

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Top athletics leaders from the University of Louisville met behind closed doors Wednesday in the midst of a sex scandal. 

Former madam Katina Powell brought new evidence of prostitution with basketball players and payoffs into the public eye. 

Fans and students at U of L were quick to react to the scandal.

"I believe Rick does not know anything," said one fan.

"Really sad," said another. 

"He was probably turning a blind eye," said another.

The one thing on most fans', students', and alumni minds was like a white elephant in the U of L Board room today.

In fact, all talk involving lawyers happened behind closed doors Wednesday during a meeting with the board of Directors for the school's Athletic Association.

The sex scandal surrounding the basketball team is a taboo topic. 

"There are three sides to every story, this side, that side, and the truth. And we will wait to see what that ends up being," said Junior Bridgeman, U of L basketball alum and Athletic Association board member.

Katina Powell spoke her truth to the world this week, telling ESPN that former U of L Assistant Andre McGee paid her $10,000 over four years to supply basketball recruits and players with strippers and escorts, at times, pimping her own daughters. 

"I just knew side deals were sex," Powell said on ESPN.

"That was just it," she added. "He would take them into another room and the girl and the recruit would do what they did behind closed doors."

The report revealed texts, journals and receipts backing up Powell's book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules."

"Was there anything in that 'Outside the Lines' story that you didn't know already?" WDRB's Gilbert Corsey asked U of L President James Ramsey. 

"I didn't watch," Ramsey said. "There is an investigation taking place, and were letting it play out, and I think it's the fair thing to do."

And when that investigation is over, the former madam -- who says selling sex was her part in the recruitment process -- could become the downfall of the team. 

"I couldn't make this up if I wanted to," Powell told ESPN.

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