Ky. woman guilty of extortion in coach Pitino case

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Prosecution and defense attorneys questioned the coach in detail about the night he met Sypher, then known as Karen Wise. Pitino, a married father of five, told the jury the two had sex in the empty restaurant after she whispered to him and then unzipped his pants.

Pitino said the sex lasted “15 seconds” and was “unfortunate.”

Although Sypher never testified, jurors heard her version of events when prosecutors played a never-broadcast TV interview where she claimed Pitino raped her.

“All he said was shut up, shut up and be quiet,” she said on the tape.

Although some witnesses described Sypher as persistent and flirty that night, no one else testified to witnessing the sex.

Tim Sypher, a longtime Pitino aide and now Karen Sypher’s ex-husband, testified he arranged for an abortion and paid for it with $3,000 Pitino had given Karen Sypher. He testified that the two met when Pitino asked him for help after she said she was pregnant.

Pitino said he thought the money was for counseling and medical needs but Sypher later said she had an abortion.

Pitino has coached at Louisville since 2001. He has coached three different schools to the Final Four _ Louisville, Providence and Kentucky, where he won a national title. Along with the Celtics, Pitino also coached professionally with the New York Knicks.


Associated Press writer Dylan T. Lovan contributed to this report.

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