Pitino Apologizes

In the wake of damaging revelations in the Karen Sypher case, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino issued a strong public apology regarding the situation Wednesday evening on the UofL campus.

Rick Pitino made the following statement about the Karen Sypher revelations Wednesday evening:

This has been very difficult on my family. I made a decision seven months ago because it's something I've preached to my players for 30 years…and it goes like this: ‘If you tell the truth your problem becomes part of your past. If you lie it becomes part of your future.' I made a very difficult decision to tell the truth to fans, federal authorities, local authorities, university officials and most important to people who love me the most – my family and friends.

A grand jury indictment is a very serious thing and I have not commented for that reason. I am here today because I personally apologize to my family every single day…..My family makes the sun rise for me every morning. They are highly prinicpled people, very strong morally and very strong fundamentally. I let them down with my indiscretion six years ago. And I'm sorry for that. I've told them that every single day.


I want to tell more than them that. I want to tell my extended family, all my players and recruits who believe in me…that I'm sorry for that indiscretion six years ago. And I want to apologize to you as professional who have covered me for 16 years for that indiscretion six years ago.

There's two things besides my apology to the university. Most imparticular, Tom Jurich and Dr. Ramsey, who have been very strong with me throughout this period. And my extended family which is all the fans.

I came here at a very difficult time, 9-11. In New York City is was easier to get over because everybody knew the devastation and they got each other over it. In Louisville the impact wasn't like New York City but I needed this community to help me get over it. And the university officials, my friends and loved ones have helped me through this very difficult time.

I will continue to cooperate with the authorities as I have from day one. I believe in the judicial system and I won't comment anymore on that. I hope that the trial comes quickly and we can do what all of you should have been doing which is celebrating a Big East championship, a wonderful season where we once again finished in the Elite Eight with very dedicated players who paid the price to reach that point.

The second thing I'm going to do….I plan on accomplishing one thing and it's very, very important to me. I plan on regardless how difficult the situation is to coach here at theUniversity of Louisville for as long as long as I can physically maintain the passion I have for the game of basketball which is still stronger than when I was a head coach at the age of 24.

I love the game. I love my players, this university as well as this community. I want to coach nowhere else, I don't believe in anything as much as this university and this state. As long as they'll have me I'm going to coach here. I'm not a spring chicken but I'm certainly no over the hill. I intend on recruiting the best athletes and people to this program and try to get a little farther than the past two Elite eights.

So I thank you as professionals. I know there's much more pleasant things we'd like to talk about. I do want to apologize once again to my loving family, my wife, university officials, as well as the extended family of all my players and great fans we have here at the University of Louisville.


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