“They were just up there dancing in bathing suits, they didn’t even get all the way nude,” the player told ESPN.
Four institutions, including the NCAA and Louisville campus police, are now investigating allegations that appear in a book written by Katina Powell titled Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen. In the book, Powell writes that she was paid $10,000 by former Louisville basketball staff member Andre McGee to provide escorts to dance and have sex with recruits and players between 2010 and 2014.
The player who spoke to ESPN was a member of the team during that time span. He said that the escorts visited one or two times, but that he didn’t know who invited them to the dorm.
“It was just [for fun], and after that it was like a regular night,” the player said. “We went out to a club. Far as paying for sex — nobody did that. She [Powell] is lying about that.”
The player said he never saw large amounts of money change hands, and that he only witnessed about $100 tossed at the women. He also said that their presence was not announced to the team as a whole.
“It wasn't no $10,000. I know that much,” he said. “Things don't add up. Andre is staying in the dorm, but he’s going to give her $10,000? Like I said, I never seen Andre McGee hand her no money. The only money I saw was what was thrown at the strippers. Not by Andre McGee. By players, by their choice. And the girls left, and that was just that.”
Louisville president James Ramsey issued a statement Thursday, saying that a Louisville law firm had been hired to conduct an investigation. Louisville coach Rick Pitino has denied any involvement or knowledge of the situation.
- Erin Flynn