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Rick Pitino‚Äôs emotional distress lawsuit against Adidas‚ÄĒtruly a bold ‚Äúvehicle for proving that he had nothing to do with Adidas‚Äô outrageous, wrongful, and illegal conspiracy‚ÄĚ to put good basketball players onto his basketball team‚ÄĒwas dismissed Tuesday by the U.S. District Court judge for the Western District of Kentucky.

Judge David Hale reportedly agreed with Adidas that, per the details of Pitino’s endorsement deal, the case must be settled in arbitration, and in Oregon, the home of Adidas’ North American headquarters.

Pitino essentially alleged in the suit that Adidas deliberately damaged his reputation, by engaging in behavior‚ÄĒpaying money to good players so that they‚Äôd play basketball for Pitino at Louisville‚ÄĒthat would subject Pitino to ‚Äúinevitable‚ÄĚ ridicule and vilification. Hale‚Äôs dismissal of the suit doesn‚Äôt say that any of that is as whacky as it sounds, merely that the substance of Pitino‚Äôs claims likely falls within what is covered by his contract with Adidas:

‚ÄúHere, the facts underlying Pitino‚Äôs tort and contract claims are identical: both claims are based on Adidas‚Äôs alleged bribing of a University of Louisville basketball recruit or his family,‚ÄĚ Hale wrote. ‚Äú... Given this standard and the shared factual basis between the claims, the Court finds that the claim asserted here is ‚Äėat least arguably covered by‚Äô the Endorsement Agreement.‚ÄĚ

This has always seemed like a wild example of a man biting the hand that fed the absolute hell out of him. Adidas is accused of funneling money to players to bring them to Louisville, where they would ostensibly help Pitino win basketball glory; Pitino also personally collected 98 percent‚ÄĒas much as $2.25 million a year‚ÄĒof the school‚Äôs apparel deal with Adidas, in addition to more than $5 million a year in salary, earned in large part precisely because of his history of recruiting success. Whatever discomfort Pitino is now suffering as a result of this latest scandal, it sure seems like he‚Äôs already been amply compensated for it.