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Pitino Criticizes Media For Reporting Of Sex Scandal

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is criticizing the media for its reporting of the sex scandal involving a woman accused of trying to extort him.Pitino called a press conference after recordings of a police inteview with Karen Sypher were released today in which Syhper accused Pitino of sexually assaulting her six years ago. Prosecutors declined to bring charges against Pitino."What I don't understand is why you keep fostering this behavior. On a day when Ted Kennedy died, we broke with the news here in louisville with Karen Sypher audio and tapes to the detective, and its already been put out. That's a pretty sad commentary on us," Pitino said.Pitino told authorities he had a consensual sexual encounter with Sypher at a Louisville restaurant in 2003.She was charged this year with trying to extort millions of dollars from Pitino and is awaiting trial.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.