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BOZICH | ESPN says three U of L recruits confirm stripper, cash stories to NCAA

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ESPN reporter John Barr interviewed Katina Powell about the U of L sex scandal. ESPN reporter John Barr interviewed Katina Powell about the U of L sex scandal.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- ESPN reporter John Barr asked Andre McGee the question that reasonable people have wanted to ask McGee from the day that it was alleged that McGee paid for strippers and sex shows in the University of Louisville basketball dorm:

Where did he get the money?

That question and new allegations about the money McGee allegedly spent remain unanswered. McGee refused to talk to ESPN even after they found him driving an Uber in the Kansas City area.

More questions, especially about money. Not many answers.

That was the takeaway from Barr’s 30-minute report on U of L basketball, Rick Pitino and McGee, the program’s former basketball of operations that aired Sunday at 9 a.m. on Outside the Lines.

On Tuesday, Barr did speak with Katina Powell, whose book, “Breaking Cardinal Rules,” ignited this story, as well as Powell’s attorney, Larry Wilder. They were interviewed in the 10th floor ballroom at the Seelbach Hotel.

Barr and an ESPN photographer found McGee in Kansas City, where he had been serving as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City until he resigned in October.

McGee did not answer Barr’s questions. He asked him to contact his lawyer, Scott C. Cox, in Louisville.

In a text message request for comment Sunday morning, Cox replied, "No, thank you."

The most damning new allegation by ESPN was that three former U of L recruits have confirmed to NCAA investigators parts of Katina Powell’s allegations about strippers and sex shows

Powell also said that current U of L player Mangok Mathiang knew about at least one party because he walked past one in the hallway in Minardi Hall. But she said that she could not tell NCAA investigators that Mangok participated. “I can’t say that he did,” she said. “I’m not going to lie. (But) he knew about the party.”

Barr said that at least three recruits have spoken to the NCAA about parties they attended at Minardi Hall. He said they told investigators that strippers danced for them and that McGee paid women to have sex with them. Powell and her attorney Larry Wilder said they believe the NCAA is focused on determining who provided the money for the shows.

Barr said a source also told him that “McGee gave the players a stack of dollar bills ranging from $200 to $500 …everybody in the room got the money – the recruits and the current members of the team …

“Not only that, but McGee himself had his own stack of dollar bills. If this guy's spending $2,000 to $3,000 on a recruiting weekend, where's this money coming from?”

Powell told Barr: "They all know the truth. They're just putting on the person who's going to take it. And Andre's the only one to take it."

The U of L basketball program has yet to receive an official notice of allegations from the NCAA. Dr. James Ramsey announced that the school would self-impose a post-season ban on the program for the 2016 season on Feb. 5.

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