Rick Pitino/Karen Cunagin Sypher saga….My warning to “keep it in your pants” applies to coaches too!

August 12, 2009

UPDATE! Karen Sypher is a hustler..NEW Facts come out at Trial

Damn, Coach….

Keep it in your pants!  Hasn’t there been enough loss and bloodshed?  You need to worry about what UK has in store for you, not whether or not you are going to be indicted for rape.  We believe you, but what if the cops didn’t?  Your entire life will be on stage.

Pitino told police he had consensual sex with Sypher

Reporter Andrew Wolfson can be reached at (502) 582-7189

Tim Sypher and his lawyers couldn’t be reached Tuesday for comment. In a statement in April, however, he said “I am devastated by the bizarre allegations that my estranged wife is making against both Coach Pitino and myself.”

Usually, the husband stands by the wife.  In this case, he is standing by the coach in claiming that his wife is not all together mentally.

not that we care (much) but she needed a better plastic surgeon, because the breasts do not look real at all

not that we care (much) but she needed a better plastic surgeon, because the breasts do not look real at all

By Andrew Wolfson • awolfson@courier-journal.com • August 11, 2009

University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino told police that he had consensual sex with Karen Cunagin Sypher at a Louisville restaurant where he’d been drinking on Aug. 1, 2003.

Stop right here…Coach Pitino and Karen Sypher had sex IN THE RESTAURANT!  WOW!  I mean, I know Digital Underground talk about getting busy in the Burger King bathroom, but this was probably a high class restaurant.

I dont think that the restuarant used people as serving instruments, but you never know...

I don't think that the restuarant used people as serving instruments, but you never know...

The thing that isn’t shocking is that if you are going to have sex in the restaurant, then you probably won’t have a condom with you, which leads to unprotected sex…Ronin would just tell you to pull out, but it probably felt good, or she coaxed him to stay in.  The other rationale, which is just as likely is that he didn’t care at the moment, since he was getting his rocks off in a restuarant.

He also told police that he later gave Sypher $3,000 to have an abortion, according to Louisville Metro Police reports The Courier-Journal obtained under the Kentucky Open Records Act.

That is what can happen when you don’t use this…

Its there for a reason.....just use it!

It's there for a reason.....just use it!

or this

seems like a pretty happy guy, the life of the party

seems like a pretty happy guy, the life of the party

But Pitino denied Sypher’s allegations that he raped her at Porcini, after the restaurant closed, and again a few weeks later at a different location, police records show. And prosecutors who have reviewed Sypher’s claims say Pitino won’t be charged.

Sypher has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiring to extort money from Pitino in exchange for her silence about the alleged crimes, and with lying to the FBI. She has pleaded not guilty.

She reported the alleged rapes to Metro Police on July 9, about two months after she was indicted.

The Metro Police records show that the commander of the sex offense unit, who investigated Sypher’s claims and interviewed her twice in July, found problems in her accounts of both incidents — which he said raised questions about her credibility.

Sgt. Andy Abbott said in an investigative summary that Sypher failed, for example, to disclose that another person was at Porcini Restaurant when she said the first incident occurred.

YOU LITTLE FREAK!  There was someone else there?  Are you sure you were not eating here?

I would eat there a lot more often if they had promotions like this...

I would eat there a lot more often if they had promotions like this...

That witness, Vinny Tatum, an executive assistant to Pitino, told the FBI that he didn’t see what happened but heard “only the sounds of two people that seemed to be enjoying themselves during a sexual encounter,” according to Abbott’s report.

Now, if he heard, there must have been other people who heard as well…

What if they ordered what they had, and it turned out to be horrible?  Katz Deli in NYC is too good to disappoint, but I haven’t been to Porcini to make a judgment on the food…

Abbott said records also indicate that Pitino was in California when Sypher claimed he sexually assaulted her a second time.

“The more information I gather, the worse it looks for you,” Abbott told Sypher during a July 13 phone interview, according to a transcript of the call.

Commonwealth’s Attorney David Stengel announced in July, after reviewing a videotape of the interviews, that he wouldn’t prosecute the case because Sypher’s claims were void of credibility and lacked any supporting evidence.

During one interview, Abbott asked Sypher why she didn’t report the alleged crimes when they allegedly occurred, and why she waited until after she was charged with extortion to finally report them.

Transcripts of the interviews show she offered varying responses to the first question, saying first that she wanted to forget about what happened, then that Pitino threatened her, and finally that “they kept throwing me crumbs to keep me happy.” But she couldn’t say what those were.

Abbott asked Sypher in the interview why she was coming forward now, only after she was charged.

“Because … where we are, it seems like retaliation,” Abbott said.

“I know it does,” Sypher responded.

Sypher’s new court-appointed counsel, James Earhart, said he hadn’t received the records and couldn’t comment.

Good…no need to deny that it is….

except that we are....

except that we are....

Pitino’s lawyer, Steve Pence, said Tuesday that he wouldn’t allow his client to be interviewed by The Courier-Journal. In a written statement, Pence said Pitino will “continue to work though this matter privately with his family.” Pence also noted that Sypher is under indictment and that Stengel’s office has rejected her allegations.

U of L Athletic Director Tom Jurich said in a statement Tuesday that “Coach Pitino has been truthful with us about this matter all along and we stand by him and his family during this process.”

University President James Ramsey released a statement Tuesday night saying: “Several months ago Coach Pitino informed me about the alleged extortion attempt. I’ve now been informed that there may be other details which, if true, I find surprising. My thoughts are with Coach Pitino and his family.”

That is why we talk about WOMEN NOT TO DATE. Maybe we should amend it to women not to have sex with either…

The Pitino interview

Abbott interviewed Pitino at U of L on July 12, with his attorney, Steve Pence, present.

Pitino told Abbott he was at Porcini Restaurant, 2730 Frankfort Ave., on Aug. 1, 2003, to celebrate the hiring of former NBA star Reggie Theus as an assistant coach, and that Tatum, the aide, attended as designated driver. The records don’t indicate that Theus was there.

Pitino told Abbott that Sypher (then Karen Cunagin) walked up to him early in the evening and asked if he would call one of her sons and encourage him regarding sports and school, which Pitino said he did, on a cell phone.

Pitino said Sypher left the restaurant and returned at about closing time. He said that after the restaurant closed and the last employees and owner Tim Coury had left, Sypher “started coming on to him and that they had sex,” according to Abbott’s report. Pitino said he learned later that Tatum was still there.

Tatum told the FBI that he had lain down and couldn’t see what happened but that he heard what sounded like consensual sex, Abbott wrote in a report.

Pitino told Abbott that he had had too much alcohol to drive and eventually got a ride home from Sypher, whom he said was “driving him crazy” on the way there, asking for basketball tickets. He said he gave her his business card and told her to call about them.

He said that about two weeks later, Sypher called, telling him she was pregnant and he had to be the father because she hadn’t had sex with anybody else for months.

Pitino said he told her they should meet somewhere discreetly to discuss the matter. He said he suggested the condo of the team’s equipment manager, Tim Sypher, whom she’d not yet met, but later married. She met Tim Sypher and followed him to the condo.

According to Abbott’s report, Pitino said he told her that he had five children and that she had four, and that he didn’t know what he wanted to do about the situation.

He said that if she chose to have the child, he would require a blood test to determine whether or not the child was his.

He said she told him she was going to have an abortion but didn’t have health insurance. He said he asked how much it would cost and she said $3,000, which he gave her, according to Abbott’s report.

He denied Sypher’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her at the condo — he said they had no sex there or anywhere else other than on Aug. 1 at Porcini.

And he said that after she married Tim Sypher about six months later, she began attending team and social events where Pitino was present, and never displayed “any strange behavior,” according to Abbott’s report.

The Sypher interviews

Abbott interviewed Sypher the first time the day after she reported the alleged crimes.

Sypher told him that she went to Porcini to interview with Mike Przybylek, who was The Courier-Journal’s vice president for production at the time. Przybylek told a reporter earlier this year that he met Sypher inadvertently that night at Porcini’s bar, and that no interview had been scheduled.

Sypher told Abbott that she was introduced to Pitino at Porcini, and that he spoke by phone with two of her sons, at her request.

She said that at the end of the night, Coury gave Pitino the keys to the restaurant and asked him to lock up when he was ready to leave. At that point, she alleged, Pitino forced himself on her while she was sitting on a leather bench.

“I was pushing him off and screaming,” she told Abbott. “No one was around.”

(Coury, who previously didn’t respond to phone messages, was out of town Tuesday and couldn’t be reached for comment, a restaurant employee said.)

Asked by Abbott why she didn’t disclose that Tatum was present, she said in a second interview that she didn’t find that out until more than a year later, and still isn’t sure he was there.

Sypher said she gave Pitino a ride home because he hopped in her Escalade after she unlocked the door, and because she wanted him out of her life, she told police.

Sypher also alleged that toward the end of August 2003, when she realized she was pregnant and met with Pitino at Tim Sypher’s condo, Pitino pushed her to the floor and raped her again, while Tim Sypher was upstairs.

But Karen Sypher insisted that the incident occurred between the time she had an ultrasound test confirming the pregnancy on Aug. 26, 2003, and Aug. 29, 2003, when she had an abortion in Cincinnati, according to police records.

And Pitino was able to prove through his calendar that he was in Pebble Beach, Calif,. at the time, the records show.

“I confronted her concerning her timetable,” Abbott said in a report, “and she could offer no valid explanation.”

Abbott wrote that “was one of many concerns that I have with the case.”

He noted that Sypher was unable to explain why, “if this man raped you, why would you put yourself in a position where you’re going to be around him all the time?”

She acknowledged in the interview that it also didn’t make sense that Tim Sypher would continue to work for Pitino knowing the coach had sexually assaulted the woman who later became his wife. The Syphers were married in 2004 but she filed for divorce in March.

In an interview with the newspaper earlier this year, she also was unable to explain why she had married Sypher, given that by her account, he didn’t come to her aid when Pitino allegedly assaulted her and she says she was screaming for help.

6 Responses to “Rick Pitino/Karen Cunagin Sypher saga….My warning to “keep it in your pants” applies to coaches too!”

  1. Ronin Storm said

    LOL
    Great story.
    I don’t know where to begin.
    Crazt sh-t going on in Kentucky.
    Thank god she didn’t say my boy Reggie raped her.
    Someone should make a TV movie.
    “Non-Basic Instinct”
    Steve thanks for posting b/c i hadn’t heard any of this.
    BTW, I found this picture of our girl. Had to get a better look.

    Nice wheels for a crazy hoe.

  2. todaysdouche said

    Great post, Steve. I’m trying to figure out which is the bigger douche, Pitino or Sypher. This is what happens when you get two questionable individuals involved in something like this. Way to go, guys!

    • Steve said

      Well, you can go to the scorecards to help determine….

      On Pitino’s side, he 1) had sex outside his marriage (x2), 2) in a restuarant, 3) gave the woman 3k to cover it up and make it all go away.

      On Sypher (nee Cuagain at the time) side you have 1) would sleep with a married dude, 2) would allow him to hit it hatless the very first time 3) hit him up for abortion money 4) didn’t keep the kid for future blackmail/child support/scandal material 5) got caught up with an extortion charge…

      On the scorecard, the judges give it to Sypher…

      • Ronin Storm said

        todaysdouche weren’t you asking about Tim Sypher not Karen Sypher?
        If so I say:
        Pitino = douche
        Tim Sypher = stiff

  3. What the #_*k was Pitino thinking to begin with ? No hotel room in close proximity for a man of his means ?

    As for Sypher she’ll be lucky to get off in this case. Especially that it’s being held at the Federal level and still within the state of Kentucky. But given the fact that Pitino comes off looking like an a_s. Anything could happen in terms of a verdict. Here’s my own take on it as well.

    You Don’t Sh_t Where You Eat You Hear That ?

    Alan Parkins

  4. […] better.  She will use anything at her disposal to get the job done.  We warned you last year to KEEP IT IN YOUR PANTS. But, people didn’t listen.  Everyone kept getting caught up in drama.  The facts are […]

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