Meet Karen Sypher, Rick Pitino extortionist? Read more about the story below plus a biography of Karen Sypher.
Karen Sypher, the wife of Louisville equipment manager Tim Sypher (they are in the process of divorcing), has been named as the alleged extortionist against Louisville coach Rick Pitino. Pitino contacted the FBI last month and they are now investigating the claim. The following is a statement released by Pitino:
“My family and I were recently threatened as part of a criminal scheme to extort money,” Pitino said in a statement. “Upon receiving these threats, we reported this extortion attempt to the FBI. While I did not want to make this matter public, I recently learned that the individual behind this extortion attempt has already gone to the media with false, defamatory and outrageous allegations in an attempt to pressure me to cave in to this scheme.”
Message boards are revealing a tale of Karen Sypher supposedly selling a story about an alleged affair. Who knows? We can only speculate, and at this point this is a rumor.
As a biography, scant information is available on Karen Sypher, but we do know that she is the wife (soon to be ex-wife) of Louisville equipment manager Tim Sypher. Our friends at Deadspin have a photo of a Karen Sypher, but it is unclear if that is in fact her.
Thomas Clay, the attorney for Karen Sypher, had this to say:
“There is a federal investigation going on, and there may be criminal charges placed against her as a result of what coach Pitino has brought to the attention of the FBI. There are no counter allegations, and as far as I am concerned this criminal investigation is going to proceed to a logical conclusion and I hope that we can put this matter behind us as quickly as possible.”