Prosecutor: Sypher Complaint 'Void Of Credibility"

by Rick Howlett on July 15, 2009

Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney David Stengel says he has reviewed a videotaped criminal complaint made by Karen Sypher against University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino and found it, in his words, “void of credibility and lacking any supporting evidence.”                                              pitino-file1

Sypher, who’s accused of trying to extort millions of dollars from Pitino by threatening to go public with personal information about him, filed a complaint recently with the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Sex Offenses Unit.

An attorney for Pitino says the coach was interviewed by police and passed an independent polygraph exam regarding Sypher’s claims. Sypher is the estranged wife of the U of L basketball team’s equipment manager. 

Stengel released a statement today saying no further action would be taken by his office.         

sypher-file1U of L Athletic Director Tom Jurich also released a statement re-affirming his support for Pitino.

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