Pitino: letters with demands felt like 'blackmail'

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by BRETT BARROUQUERE and WILL GRAVES

The Associated Press

Posted on July 28, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 6:07 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has told a jury he received a written list of demands from a woman he had a sexual fling with seven years ago, saying if he met them, she would protect his name for life.
  

Pitino testified Wednesday he received a handwritten note from Karen Cunagin Sypher in March 2009 that asked for cars, housing and money. The note was hand delivered to Pitino by her then-husband Tim Sypher, who was the team's equipment manager at the time.
  

The note also asked for Pitino to give Karen Sypher $75,000 whenever he left his job with the school.
  

Pitino said he considered the letter blackmail and that Sypher would damage his reputation if he did not comply.
  

Sypher is charged with extortion. She has pleaded not guilty and claims the sex wasn't consensual.
  

Pitino told jurors that Sypher was the one who initiated sex by whispering to him and then unzipping his pants.
  

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