Former Louisville graduate assistant coach Andre McGee has been at the center of an escort scandal and it seems as though that story has now gotten a lot deeper. Five former Cardinal basketball players and recruits admitted to attending a party with strippers paid for by the coach.
In the extensive Outside The Lines report, one of the anonymous recruits claimed he had sex with a dance after McGee paid her. A former escort, Katina Powell, sat down with ESPN’s John Barr to discuss her new book “Breaking the Cardinal Rule: Basketball and the Escort Queen” in which she describes over two dozen parties at Billy Minardi Hall, the Lousiville dorm where athletes and other students live named after the late brother-in-law of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.
“I knew they weren’t college girls. It was crazy. It was like I was in a strip club,” the recruit, who ultimately signed play elsewhere, said.
Powell confirmed that former Louisville Cardinal Terrance Williams had paid for sex with her. She also implied that Montrezl Harrell had paid for sex with her daughter, Rod Ni, and Russ Smith had done the same with her other daughter, Lindsay.
“I believe that McGee came to my mom and said something to her about it, and my mom came to me and I was like ‘OK,’ and we went in another room and we had sex,” Lindsay Powell said.
“Montrezl was there, and I don’t know, I guess he felt left out. He just kind of asked me if I would do it, and I did it. I got paid maybe $100, maybe a little more,” Rod Ni Powell said.
Earlier this month, Harrell did an interview with the Houston Chronicle and denied any knowledge of the parties.
“I don’t know anything about it,” Harrell said. “I didn’t too much stay at the dorm. I stayed off campus. I had a girlfriend off campus. … It was pretty shocking that took place, if it did. I’m right there with Coach [Pitino], as shocked as he is.”
This story has been one of the most interesting ones of the last few months. It now seems like there will be a lot more to be heard in the coming weeks, especially with the basketball season tipping off in less than a month.
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