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Rick Pitino distances himself from scandal in statement

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Rick Pitino’s Louisville program is at the center of another scandal, and the head coach once again is trying to distance himself from matters.

Here’s a statement Pitino’s attorney sent out on Tuesday. Pitino says he is “shocked” by the allegations and says he wants those potentially guilty to be held accountable.

The federal indictment released on Tuesday says an Adidas executive paid $100,000 to a top high school player who committed to a school in June. The player and school are believed to be Brian Bowen and Louisville. Pitino commented on the commitment from Bowen in June, essentially saying the recruit fell into his lap.

The NCAA had already charged Pitino with failure to monitor in the sex scandal. In that case, Pitino said one of his staffers acted independently in arranging sex parties for recruits.

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