I asked a U of L official where the paper tracked her down. He said the Sacred Heart senior opened the door of the family’s home to walk outside yesterday and was met on the porch by a Post reporter who said something to the effect that — We know that your parents’ marriage is a sham. Could you comment?
Jacqueline said, as quoted in the lead of the newspaper’s story this morning, “My parents are still very much together. It’s going to be fine — she’s holding up.”
The Post was just one of several out-of-town outlets staking out the Pitino home yesterday.
Several reporters covering the Sypher divorce hearing yesterday said that Karen Sypher greeted the Post reporter with an embrace and the photographer with a kiss when she saw them at the courthouse.
This is what Pitino has wrought, and the box he now finds himself in. While he refuses to comment pending the upcoming court case, Sypher feels as if she’s under no such restriction.
The Post said she “gleefully provided The Post pictures of herself in a bikini.”
We’re now four days out from the first detailed airing of the allegations. The number of national media in town is more, not less. Sypher, through her willingness to talk, has managed to keep driving the story, with the freshest headline being her speculation that her estranged husband, Tim Sypher, was paid to marry her, a preposterous sounding claim for which she had no evidence. But apparently, there’s none needed when it comes to flashy headlines.
Because at the moment, the facts both sides have stipulated to being true are so bizzare than nothing, apparently, is too bizzare to believe.
With his home being staked out and his kids being hounded by the press, all over his own indiscretions, I think it’s legitimate to wonder how long Pitino will stick it out if such conditions persist.
He has seemed determined throughout to stick this out. And, maybe, Pitino needs basketball now as much as ever. Rather than detracting from his job performance, the alleged Sypher extortion attempts may well have caused him to throw himself into the job all the more. From the time of the first alleged extortion contact with him in late February, Pitino’s U of L team went 9-1, won the Big East regular season and touranment championships, earned the school’s first-ever No. 1 Associated Press ranking and its first-ever No. 1 overall seeding in the NCAA Tournament.
Whatever the case, the story shows no signs of abating.