This morning, U of L equipment manager Tim Sypher, whose wife, Karen, has been identified as the person making allegations against — and allegedly trying to extort — U of L basketball coach Rick Pitino, issued this statement through the university’s sports information office.
“I am devastated by the bizarre allegations that my estranged wife is making against both Coach Pitino and myself. At this point, my primary concern is for my young daughter and four stepsons, both to the impact of their mother’s actions on them, as well as the impact on Coach’s family and the University. I love my children, and want to protect them. At the same time, I intend to defend the allegations vigorously and will have no additional comment at this time. “
I’d like to blog more about the process of reporting this, but I’m going to hold off until I talk to editors. Where there are legal implications, I don’t want to put anything out that I should not.
I will say, as our story reflected this morning, that The Courier-Journal has not spoken with Ms. Sypher. Apparently, in recent weeks, she has taken her story to at least one television station. That station chose not to air her allegations, for reasons that may become clear as the reporting continues.
The Courier-Journal requested, twice, yesterday, to speak with Sypher through her attorney, Thomas Clay, but he said that she would not be made available for comment. He also said in our story this morning, but it bears repeating, that his client was bringing no counter allegations against Pitino. That means, at least in his view, she is bringing no legal action against him.
UPDATE: In the original version of this blog, I mentioned receiving an email about story chat comments being deleted, and had no explanation. I said when I got one, I’d pass it along. Here it is. The following explanation was appended to the story online, and I’ll include it here:
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