Between 2010 and 2014, the University of Louisville, a college basketball powerhouse, perennially had some of the top recruiting classes in the NCAA. Reports from ESPN’s Outside The Lines (OTL) give a good reason for this success in drawing some of the best basketball talent in the nation. From 2010 to 2014, Louisville basketball staff allegedly paid for strippers and sex parties for recruits and players in a campus dormitory.
The allegations are outlined in a book entitled, Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen, written by self-described former escort Katina Powell. In the book, Powell details close to two dozen of these events in Billy Minardi Hall. Powell allegedly supplied the dancers for the parties. Some of these women also took money to have sex with recruits and their parents/guardians, getting between $100 and $300 per go. Some of the dancers implicated are Powell’s own daughters.
The culprit that paid Powell for the parties is former graduate assistant coach, Andre McGee. Powell alleges that McGee paid her $10,000 during the time span to supply talent. According to a former player, McGee would give recruits and players dollar bills to tip the dancers with. One dancer, known as Mandy, says that she $400 to $500 in tips at one of the parties. She was only a 17-year-old high school student at the time. The age of consent in Kentucky is 16.
OTL grabbed a word with Powell’s attorney, Larry Wilder, who elaborated on the legal ramifications of the Louisville sex parties:
When asked about Powell’s potential criminal exposure, Larry Wilder, her Jeffersonville, Indiana-based attorney, said Powell “never profited.”
“Everybody acknowledges she never got any money from any of the side deals,” Wilder said.
According to Wilder, Powell’s admission alone isn’t enough to prosecute her. He points out that engaging in prostitution is a Class A misdemeanor with a one-year statute of limitations. The far more serious offense of promoting prostitution is a Class D felony offense with no statute of limitations, Wilder said.
He added, “If the Commonwealth believes that a crime of promoting prostitution occurred as a Class D felony, then the Commonwealth will have to prosecute Andre McGee and Katina Powell together.”
Louisville’s Hall of Fame head coach, Rick Pitino, denies any knowledge of the parties. See OTL’s video below: