Well I hate even typing this stuff out and posting it here, but it has to be done unfortunately. Whether things are true or not remain to be seen, but the next step in the allegations against UofL basketball have happened. Katina Powell appeared on Good Morning America this morning, which was child’s play compared to the following article from ESPN.com and the segment on Outside the Lines.
Five former University of Louisville basketball players and recruits told Outside the Lines that they attended parties at a campus dorm from 2010-14 that included strippers paid for by the team’s former graduate assistant coach, Andre McGee.
One of the former players said he had sex with a dancer after McGee paid her. Each of the players and recruits attended different parties at Billy Minardi Hall, where dancers, many of whom stripped naked, were present. Three of the five players said they attended parties as recruits and also when they played for Louisville.
Said one of the recruits who ultimately signed to play elsewhere: “I knew they weren’t college girls. It was crazy. It was like I was in a strip club.”
It was during the second show at the dorm, Powell said, that McGee brought up the possibility of sex.
“He asked me, ‘Is there any girls that want to make extra money,’ pretty much a side deal with the players. … So I asked the girls and their eyes lit up like, ‘Well, yeah,'” Powell said. “… ‘Side deals’ were sex, and if they [the dancers] wanted to make extra money, that’s what the ‘side deal’ was, sex.”
Of the roughly two dozen girls who danced for Powell from 2010-14, she estimated all but five or six of the women had sex for money with former Louisville basketball players, active Cardinals players or recruits, who were visiting the campus.
“The recruit would pick out what girl he wanted. Andre would come to me, tell me what girl the recruit wanted, and I would tell the girl and she would say her price,” Powell said.
Russ and Montrezl are also mentioned.
Lindsay Powell, 24, Katina’s daughter, told Outside the Lines she danced at multiple parties and was paid $100 to have sex with former Louisville point guard Russ Smith, part of the Cardinals 2013 NCAA championship team and now a player with the Memphis Grizzlies. Katina Powell’s book also mentions the allegation involving Smith, who did not respond to requests for comment.
“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.
During another party, Rod Ni Powell, 22, another daughter of Katina’s, said she was paid to have sex with former Cardinals player Montrezl Harrell, a power forward, who now plays for the Houston Rockets. Katina Powell told Outside the Lines and wrote in her book that Harrell, who played with Louisville from 2012-15, had sex paid for by McGee as a recruit and as a player.