Bombshell being dropped on Louisville basketball program, IBJ reports

Posted: October 2, 2015 by jmklee in Uncategorized

untitledToday the IBJ ran the following story by Anthony Schoetle, Book: Louisville hired prostitutes to woo basketball recruits.

The story details a book to be released soon by Indianapolis based IBJ Book Publishing LLC.  The book, titled “Breaking Cardinal Rules:  Basketball and the Escort Queen”, go in to great detail about former UofL basketball staffer, Andre McGee providing strippers and prostitutes during campus visits.

Here are excerpts from the IBJ article.

In her book, the 43-year-old Powell said she provided entertainment for 22 parties from 2010 to 2014, many at Billy Minardi Hall, an on-campus dormitory for many Louisville basketball players. The dorm is named after Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino’s brother-in-law, who was killed in the 9/11 attacks in New York. At the parties, a number of women—including Powell and three of her daughters—stripped and danced in front of the Louisville recruits and players—as well as performed sex acts with them, said Powell, the ringleader of the strippers. At those parties, Powell said, high school-aged recruits were offered alcohol by McGee, who also arranged additional payment to her and her dancers if the recruits wanted to have sex with them.

Powell said she has no regrets for the parties. “I didn’t look at it as being wrong,” she said. “I looked at it as surviving.” But later she had some misgivings. “The only time I viewed it as being wrong is when I looked at the recruits’ faces when they were getting the sex,” Powell said. “It kind of made you feel bad that you have this young guy coming in to a college campus thinking he’s going to have a little fun, not knowing he’s going to have two or three girls on him at one time, he’s going to get alcohol, he’s going to get anything he wants or that they offer at that time.”

Powell says she has no fear of getting sued over the book. “What would I get in trouble for? Telling the truth?” Powell said. She said she thinks the University of Louisville should shoulder most of the blame for what happened, pointing out that McGee approached her through an intermediary—a friend of Powell’s who runs a Louisville barber shop. “[The university] came to me and asked me to do it,” Powell said. “That’s how they got their recruits. Everybody involved was to blame, but at any time the university could have stopped it.”

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