Katina Powell's lawyer says she will talk to the NCAA
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The woman who wrote a book claiming she provided prostitutes to University of Louisville players and recruits is going to talk to NCAA investigators next week.
Katina Powell's attorney says it's clear that the Commonwealth's Attorney plans to prosecute her, so there's no value in not talking to the NCAA.
"There is no question that she will talk to the NCAA now," said Jeffersonville Attorney Larry Wilder.
Wilder represents Powell, the woman behind the controversial book "Breaking Cardinal Rules." He said when Powell talks to NCAA investigators, she will have plenty of evidence to prove her claims that former University of Louisville assistant Andre' McGee paid her to provide sex for players and recruits.
"1,400 text messages between her and Andre' McGee, her cellphone, you know, several hundred text messages between her and Terrence Williams," Wilder said.
He maintained his client wrote the book to warn parents about what was going on at the University of Louisville.
WDRB's Stephan Johnson said to Wilder, "It's almost like you are implying that they're going to stop prostitution by exposing this. Which is kind of ridiculous."
Wilder responded, "Well, not, not, prostitution, what happens apparently, based upon what everybody is saying, happens regularly in the university setting, when you are recruiting athletes."
"Do you think it was a bad thing when they young Catholic men who were molested by catholic priest came forward because that institution shook at its roots, so, so, were they wrong for coming forward?" Wilder said.
"You're talking about rape verses prostitution," replied Johnson.
Wilder responded, "I am talking about the concept of hiding something to protect an institution."
Stephan questioned: "Were any of the women raped, Larry? Seriously? That's apples and oranges!"
Powell also mentioned former Cardinal Terrence Williams.
"He's Elvis. Well, guess what? Elvis was paying," Wilder said.
Williams graduated in 2009 and vehemently denies ever paying for sex. The "Elvis" reference may have something to do with the current NBA player's claims that he did not have to pay for sex.
"Terrence Williams will regret that statement when the evidence that she has in the form of her cellphone becomes public record," said Wilder.
Wilder said since going public, Powell has received a number of threats.
"She has had some folks that said her ongoing existence on this Earth should be something that should not be advocated," said Wilder.
Wilder also told us that Powell started this journey by contacting the NCAA in Indianapolis. "When she failed at that point is when she ended up writing a book because she felt like that the first thing that she wanted to do was to inform the governing body...and then the second thing was well, after the governing body didn't want to be involved, she googles publishers in Indiana and ended up with the Indiana business journal."
Wilder said Powell came forward because she is trying to change her life.
"When you get to a place sometimes in life where you look back on some of the things you've done, you feel like there might be the need and the time to come clean," he said.
We asked Wilder if Powell had taken a polygraph test.
"Here is her polygraph exam, there have been seven athletes confirm to ESPN that there were parties at the dorm, that there were strippers at the dorm, that money was given to them by form of tips at the dorm," he said. "Of those seven, four of the players acknowledge that they had sex with the dancers; well, that's better than a polygraph exam."
Wilder told us he does not think coach Rick Pitino knew about the escort parties Powell was arranging for his players, some of which she claimed happened inside their dorm.
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