According to an indictment that was unsealed in November, former sports agency representative Christian Dawkins claimed that he requested Pitino call Adidas executive James Gatto to ask for money in order to bribe the family of a recruit. In an affidavit presented by his attorney, Pitino claimed he 'had no part - active, passive or through willful ignorance' in the alleged bribery scheme.'I do not dispute ULAA's right to terminate my employment at its discretion,' Pitino's affidavit stated.
'But I vehemently reject its right to do so 'for cause.' I have given no 'cause' for termination of my contract.'I had no reason to know about the conspiracy described in the complaint, and no reason to know about the complicity of any UL assistant coach or staff member in any bribery conspiracy,' the affidavit continued.
Pitino’s contract ran through June of 2026 and was worth around .3 million a year.
According to the Courier Journal, that deal worth $1.5 million a year in 2014--16.
Pitino previously filed a lawsuit against Adidas in October alleging that the apparel giant deliberately damaged his reputation.
'I never have had any part - active, passive, or through willful ignorance - in any effort, successful or unsuccessful, completed or abandoned, to pay any recruit, or any family member of a recruit, or anyone else on a recruit's behalf, as an inducement to attend UL.'Bowen, a freshman, has since been suspended permanently by the school, although he was not charged in the FBI investigation.
Pitino's affidavit also contained the results of a polygraph, which purported to show that he was not deceptive in answering questions regarding the recruitment of Bowen.
Last week, the company asked for that lawsuit to be dismissed.
Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave on September 27 after the FBI investigation uncovered an alleged plot to bribe the family of Brian Bowen (above), a five-star recruit, with 0,000 to secure his commitment to Louisville Even before that recruiting scandal was publicized, Louisville already found itself on NCAA probation for another scandal in which recruits were provided strippers and escorts.
The hope was that in exchange for the bribes, the coaches would convince players under their control, and the players' families, to retain Dawkins and Sood upon entering the NBA.
Two schemes were investigated by the FBI and Justice Department: One in which recruits and their families allegedly received bribes in exchange for commitments to specific universities, and another in which player advisers were supposedly paid to persuade the athletes to sign with certain managers, agents, and financial advisers.
Pitino did admit to being in touch with Gatto, the company's director of global sports marketing who was charged with fraud and money laundering in the alleged bribery plot.