Rick Pitino came out firing in a hastily called news conference today.
My first response: It may go down as his worst mistake since not guarding the inbounds passer.
Pitino blasted the media for reporting “lies” about him. He asked Louisville fans not to look at media coverage regarding his encounter with Karen Sypher and her pending trial for extortion. (Oh, except for his comments.)
He told the public that the only true comments about the whole situation are comments he has made.
In the process, he took what was a story with little to no national interest — the release of audio of some voice mails he left Sypher, all of which, by the way, confirm his stance that he never pressured or forced her to get an abortion — and turned it into a story of national interest, of a coach lashing out at the media.
For the record, the local media’s treatment of this story has been more than fair. A full account of the allegations was not printed until The Courier-Journal had both sides of the story — from the mouths of Sypher and Pitino themselves.
We’ll see how Pitino’s comments play, but my feeling is that this is one case where a full-court press wasn’t warranted.