When you're at the heart of a scandal—and everyone thinks you're crazy—who will listen to your side of the story? The New York Post will, so they've snagged a tell-all interview with Rick Pitino's dine-in lover.
Karen Sypher goes into greater detail about her restaurant rendezvous with Slick Rick, and continues to accuse Pitino of not just paying for her abortion, but threatening her if she didn't go through with it.
"I'll never forget. I wanted to have the baby, but Rick said my children would all be in concrete. I lived in fear for five years," she said.
"I prayed to God, 'Please, I don't want this.' When they called my name [at the clinic], I stood up."
The only problem with that theory is that an alleged voicemail from Pitino, that she provided to the media, seems to contradict that. He specifically says that the decision is up to her, although he does seem to be encouraging her to "put it behind her."
She also has a theory for one of the other unanswered questions: Why would Tim Sypher woo and marry a woman that his boss knocked up less than year earlier? Her conclusion—he was paid by Pitino, which I guess makes as much sense as anything. I don't have a better answer for that.
Sypher's story has not changed at all from the story she told police during their investigation of the extortion claims. Whether any of this is true or not (and a quite a bit of it is), she seems to believe it. She believes she's been wronged by Rick Pitino and it can't be helping her sanity to see that he will probably not face any consequences for any of this, while guys like Pat Forde go on TV to remind everyone that she's the criminal. Sure, he's embarrassed, but he'll move on and Louisville basketball will continue to run this town.
'I WANTED THE BABY BUT RICK SAID NO ... I LIVED IN FEAR' [New York Post]
Forde speaks [Kentucky Sports Radio]
And Now the Juicy Parts of Sypher/Pitino [Page One Kentucky]