The Rick Pitino Story Will Never Be Over

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIAugust 13, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 29:  Head coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals looks on against the Michigan State Spartans during the fourth round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Lucas Oil Stadium on March 29, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

So, yet another sports figure gets caught with his pants down. This time it’s Louisville’s head basketball coach Rick Pitino. We all remember the story about a woman trying to extort money for Pitino, claiming she was raped. What we didn’t know is how far this story went.

The police found out that the allegations of rape were false and that what really happened was Pitino had sex with the woman. Oh, but it doesn’t end there. Apparently, there are unconfirmed reports out there that Pitino paid for this woman to have an abortion.


His lawyers are saying it was for health insurance, but come on. Let me say this, I’m a very liberal person so for me this isn’t about a political issue. This is a moral issue.


As an Alabama fan and grad, my school went through its share of scandals with coaches back in the '90s and early 2000s. Wimp Sanderson, the head basketball coach, allegedly hit his secretary who was also his mistress.


Head football coach Mike Dubose had an affair also and a few years later Mike Price was fired for being caught in strip club down in Florida. It was also rumored at the time that he had a wild night with these strippers which was found out later not to be true.


You can say a lot of things about the University of Alabama, but one thing was certain; these guys were terminated after all this information came out. Alabama already has a tarnished image because of NCAA probation; it didn’t need these scandals to add to that.


But even those scandals don’t even add up to what Pitino allegedly did with this woman. He not only have sex with her, but he did it with an assistant coach near by in an empty Italian restaurant.


How bizarre. If you are the University of Louisville, where do you draw the line and say enough is enough? Yes, this is guy that has never given you trouble and he is a winner, but how do you justify letting him continue as head coach without some kind of punishment?


What kind of message are you sending? Hey it’s okay for our head coach to do what he wants because he wins us ball games? I heard Colin Cowherd say on his show yesterday that he didn’t think that this would affect Pitino and basically said it’s no big deal. Really?


It may not be a big deal to him, but it’s going to affect him. If I’m John Calipari of Kentucky, I’m salivating at the thought of using this against Pitino in recruiting. Cowherd’s point yesterday was that kids don’t care. Maybe not, but parents do.


If you are Pitino, how do you explain yourself to family of an 18-year old star recruit? An affair is one thing, but having to explain an abortion is another. A lot of people are against abortion and to hear that the head coach of a major university paid for the abortion of his mistress is troubling.


Louisville and Pitino think that by him coming out and apologizing that this will all blow over, but it’s not. Now, at every game and venue there will be abortion protesters.  There will be cruel cat calls from opposing fans. It wouldn’t shock me if at one of these games that someone pulls out a poster of dead fetus and shoves it in Pitino’s face and calls him a murderer.


Oh no, this is far from over. If anything, the problems are just beginning.