Pitino bares all at trial

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Rick Pitino, wor­ried that his wife and kids would find out he had a one-night stand with a woman he met in a bar, ac­knowl­edged Thurs­day that he didn’t im­me­di­ately tell po­lice about de­mands for cars, cash and hous­ing in or­der to keep the tryst se­cret.

The Louisville bas­ket­ball coach told ju­rors he kept quiet for nearly two months, hop­ing he could “con­tain” the dam­ag­ing in­for­ma­tion.

In­ti­mate de­tails emerged over the past two days as Pitino, 57, tes­ti­fied against the woman, Karen Cu­na­gin Sypher, at her fed­eral ex­tor­tion trial. He re­counted the sex, the threat­en­ing calls he said left him “sick to my stom­ach” and strongly de­nied al­le­ga­tions he raped Sypher.

Pitino and de­fense at­tor­ney James Earhart had some heated ex­changes.

Earhart pushed Pitino to ad­dress the rape al­le­ga­tions. The coach in­ter­rupted, say­ing he was “here to give the truth.” Earhart re­torted, “I bet you are.”

“I don’t fear the truth,” Pitino said. “Nei­ther do we,” Earhart shot back.

John Sum­mers II

Karen Cu­na­gin Sypher is be­ing tried for ex­tor­tion in Louisville, Ky. Rick Pitino tes­ti­fied against her Thurs­day.

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