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Woman Indicted In Rick Pitino Extortion Case

by: JamieD On  Tuesday, May 12, 2009

rick-pitinoTotal Pro Sports - A great NCAA basketball coach, Rick Pitino showed he isn’t no pushover off of it last month when he reported to the FBI that Karen Sypher had attempted to extort him.  Karen surrendered to authorities a few days later.

Wife of former Louisville equipment manager Tim Sypher, Karen now faces a combined maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $500,000 fine if convicted of the two charges.  It is believed that she planned to used information related to an unspecified encounter between herself and Pitino, in order to extort the coach.  Regarding the incident, ESPN said the following:

“A Louisville source told ESPN.com that Pitino began receiving threatening phone calls in late February from Sypher and possibly other accomplices, and the calls continued throughout the Big East and NCAA tournaments. In late March, Pitino called the FBI and apprised it of the attempt to extort him.” [ESPN]

It is believed that the demands eventually reached $10 million, and included tuition money for their children.  Karen Sypher and her husband Tim probably didn’t attempt to extort Pitino for bail or fine money.  In hindsight, maybe they should have.

Oh, and one more thing.  Don’t mess with the Pitino mob!!!!!.




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