Louisville investigating claims of escort use in men’s basketball recruiting

Richard Pitino
FILE - In this July 21, 2015, file photo, Puerto Rico head coach Richard Pitino talks to his team during the third quarter of a men's basketball game against Brazil at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. Pitino's loyalties will be divided this week as the Louisville coach guides Puerto Rico's national teams in nine exhibition games against his Cardinals, who will be coached by his assistants. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

LOUISVILLE, KY – Louisville says it has launched an investigation into allegations that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee paid an escort service to provide sex for recruits.

The allegations by Katina Powell are in an upcoming book from a publishing arm of the Indianapolis Business Journal. Some details of the book were published Friday on the Journal’s web site and said that McGee hired Powell to provide strippers and prostitutes for recruits and some of their fathers during a four-year period.

Louisville issued a statement Friday saying it learned of the allegations in August and immediately notified the NCAA. McGee left Louisville in 2014 to become an assistant at Missouri-Kansas City. The school and McGee could not be immediately reached for comment Friday afternoon.

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