Rick Pitino Files Federal Lawsuit Against Adidas

Ex-Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has fired a lawsuit against adidas just 24 hours after being dismissed by the Cardinals.

Pitino was fired from his position as Louisville head coach after being named in an FBI report that was looking into corruption and bribery in college basketball. Pitino was identified as “Coach-2” in the report and it was believed he may be involved in the funneling of $100,000 to the family of five-star recruit Brian Bowen.

According to WDRB.com, Pitino is suing adidas for its “outrageous conduct in conspiring to funnel money to the family of a college basketball recruit.”

More from the report:

In the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Louisville by Pitino attorney Steve Pence, the ex-coach alleges Adidas’ actions were done without his “knowledge, participation, or acquiescence.”

The lawsuit claims Pitino was not involved in “giving improper benefits to recruits or players.” It says Adidas knew that Pitino’s reputation hinged on him running a “clean, proper and strictly compliant” program.

And the lawsuit alleges that Pitino has been “vilified, ridiculed, and criticized in the local and national media, on social media, and in public and private communications.”

Since news of the scandal first surfaced, Pitino has been adamant about the fact that he was in no way involved in any bribery scandal. Of course, that has yet to be officially determined.

In the meantime, Pitino will explore all of his legal options which include the lawsuit against adidas and a potential lawsuit against Louisville to recover some of the money he missed out on after being fired “with just cause.”

You can read Pitino’s full lawsuit against adidas by clicking here.

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