2015-10-26 by Call Me Sunshine
The woman who claims to have been an escort hired by former Louisville basketball assistant coach Andre McGee to attend dorm parties with players and recruits said when she first approached the NCAA about the scandal, the organization ignored her. [Former Louisville assistant resigns from job at UMKC] “I called the NCAA and I tried to tell them my story,” Katina Powell said on “The View” on Friday. “I was asking them, what should I do? Who should I go to and talk to? They wouldn’t give me any assistance. They didn’t want to talk, they didn’t want to hear about a college basketball team.” That’s when Powell says she decided to contact a publishing company instead, and earlier this month, she laid out her allegations in the book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen.”
“I really wanted some assistance, some direction as to what I do, who I talk to, to tell my story to,” Powell continued, talking about her experience with the NCAA. “But, it seemed like no one would listen to me. It’s college basketball — nobody wants to hear any of that. I had no choice. You know, I wrote a book.” [Former Cardinals say assistant coach paid for strippers and sex at dorm parties] Powell isn’t the only one admitting to the parties, which allegedly occurred from 2010 to 2014 and involved both players and teenage recruits. The controversy gained traction last week when an ESPN investigation reported the confessions of five former Cardinals players and recruits. “I knew they weren’t college girls. It was crazy. It was like I was in a strip club,” one of the recruits, who was allowed to remain anonymous, told ESPN. Powell claims McGee paid her $10,000 to attend 22 parties over four years. She also claims McGee told her Louisville Coach Rick Pitino was aware of the goings-on. McGee denies having told Powell anything of the sort and Pitino claims to have no knowledge of the alleged events. [Louisville’s Rick Pitino won’t resign over stripper scandal] On Thursday, Pitino vowed not to let the scandal affect the upcoming basketball season. He also said he would not consider resigning. Meanwhile, the NCAA began investigating the reports. Louisville is also conducting an investigation. The Washington Post has submitted a request to the NCAA for comment, but has yet to hear back.