Sypher Guilty, Pitino Out of Town, Jurich Supportive but Feisty, Fans Nasty

Karen Sypher was found guilty by a jury in Federal Court today of six counts of Extortion and Lying to Federal Agents.

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According to U of L spokesman Kenny Klein, Pitino is out of town, and is unlikely to make a statement regarding the verdict.

Tom Jurich met the media in the wake of the verdict. He said he had not talked with either Rick Pitino or school president James Ramsey today.

He was fully supportive of Pitino, though he seemed tense and feisty when peppered with questions about the situation.

When asked about sentencing, Jurich said, “I wish I was judge.” As for what he would do about that phase of the proceedings, Jurich asked, “What’s the maximum?”

U of L’s AD said he was shocked at both the fact that Sypher didn’t testify, as well as the nature of her defense. Jurich called the theory that Tim Sypher was behind it all “preposterous.”

He started his remarks by lamenting the damage done to “the Sypher family” and “the Pitino family.”

“I don’t view anything today as a win.”

Confirming that this spring the school extended Pitino’s contract through 2017, he called the Cardinal basketball coach, a “grand ambassador for the athletic program.”

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Local reaction toward Karen Sypher after the verdict, at least in one quarter, was virulent.

A sampling of posts on Facebook indicated the disregard many hold for the convicted woman.

One referred to her as “‘Lips’ Sypher.” Another as a “pathetic wretch.”

“I’m waiting for the headline, ‘Sypher Goes Down . . .’”

“There’s a good chance she slept with one of the jurors.”

“Proof in life, you get what you’ve got coming to you.”

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So much of this makes me, a big U of L fan, very sad.

That a high profile personality like Rick Pitino would allow himself to become a philanderer.

That the school’s athletic program would have to deal with this Beyond the Valley of the Dolls situation.

That Karen Sypher’s personality would evolve to the point where she felt her only way of making it in life was through sexual favors. That her delusions about this situation became so manifest, she became incapable of making reasoned decisions about her future.

That a young child will have no mother during her formative years.

That society would view Sypher’s foibles with such disdain and a total lack of compassion. How many guys out there, calling her a “whore” or “skank” or worse this afternoon, would have sex with her? Tonight. And brag about it tomorrow.

Make no mistake, Karen Sypher is a criminal. I truly believe she needs to be punished accordingly.

Yet somehow I can’t help believing there are a lot victims here. Sypher. Pitino. The University. And all of us in the community who have become obsessed with such an untoward interlude.

There were no winners today.

– Seedy K


  1. Mark
    Posted August 5, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    I concur completely. VERY well said, c.d. Very.

  2. Timothy L. Schooler
    Posted August 5, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Good essay, C.D. I agree with you on everything you wrote. Especially, the self-righteous judgment and hypocrisy of the many men throwing written stones at Ms. Sypher.

    “That society would view Sypher’s foibles with such disdain and a total lack of compassion. How many guys out there, calling her a “whore” or “skank” or worse this afternoon, would have sex with her? Tonight. And brag about it tomorrow.”

  3. Camp Taylor
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    The University’s a victim here, yet Jurich calls Pitino a “grand ambassador”?

    I’m absolutely dumbfounded by the lack of scrutiny given Jurich and Ramsey’s blind support of Pitino in all of this.

    What an embarrassment.

  4. Seedy K
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    A legit point, Camp Taylor. I’m advised that Ramsey might not have been apprised of the full extent of the scenario from the get go. Then it was too late to go back on his statements of support. Though I don’t know that as a fact.

  5. Camp Taylor
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Your article was fair, CD. Didn’t mean to infer that it wasn’t. I’m just shocked at how “Mayberry” this town has taken the whole deal. Any major city’s media would have absolutely drilled Jurich yesterday…

  6. Big Smooth
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    The media in Mayberry, or more specifically the sports media, is generally lazy and has grown totally dependent upon UL for its “news”. UL understands this relationship and utilizes it to its own maximum benefit.
    Nice synopsis, Seedy, but not buying UL as a “victim”.
    On to the pennant races and football. How about them ‘Rays.

  7. cbcard
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    UofL isn’t a victim as much as it’s fans are. And it will take a lot longer than 15 seconds for us to forget.

  8. Tim
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    I am disgusted w/ all of the Pitino apologists, especially UofL and editors at the Courier Journal. A third-rate school and paper behaving as such. The school and city are rewarding this ass-clown and showing a complete lack of class in the process. The Athletic Dept. owns UofL, and UofL owns Louisville — Pathetic!

  9. Seedy K
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    I won’t argue with you, Tim, about U of L’s stance. The school has made a choice and must live with it. As for the C-J, I’d note that today’s front page headline includes Sypher’s claim that she was raped. Which claim was found, beyond any reasonable doubt, to be without substance by a Federal Court jury and the Commonwealth Attorney’s office. That’s not cutting Pitino any slack, nor apologizing for him.

  10. doug
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Please, Karen, shut up and go away! Your insistence of having been raped and your comparing yourself to Rosa Parks are evidence of just how delusional your thinking is.
    Perhaps in the next 7-8 years you will have time to think about the very public forum you have chosen and the resulting damage done to those closest to you, your innocent children.

  11. Michael
    Posted August 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    As a lifelong Cards fan, I am curious as to what Pitino has really brought to the program that any decent coach could do for less money and off court drama.

    Time for him to finally proove his worth!

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