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Adidas: Drop lawsuit in pay-to-play scandal

Adidas is requesting a Pitino lawsuit to be dropped.
Mar 16, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino is interviewed during practice the day before the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- Adidas wants a lawsuit brought by former UofL basketball coach Rick Pitino dropped, pointing at the criminal complaint suggesting he might have known about the alleged pay-to-play scheme as one of the reasons.

Pitino filed that lawsuit just days after being fired from Louisville and Adidas terminating his endorsement agreement.

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In a motion to have the case dismissed, the athletic gear company says, "although Pitino claims he had no involvement" a criminal complaint suggests that "he was both aware of and supported the scheme.”

That is a reference to the Coach-2 comments, where one of the accused says he will have Pitino call Adidas employee James Gatto, who is also charged in the scheme.


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