This story gives a whole new meaning to 15 seconds of fame. A woman was recently found guilty of extortion for trying to milk millions of dollars from former Knicks coach Rick Pitino after having sex with him in a bathroom.
Karen Sypher was found guilty of 6 counts of extortion for demanding $10 million from Rick Pitino to keep quiet about a 15 second sexual encounter they had in the bathroom of an Italian restaurant in Louisville several years ago. Sypher claimed those magical seconds resulted in a child that she ultimately aborted. She believed that Pitino, who was married at the time, would have paid any amount of money to keep the details of that embarrassing night under wraps.
“She was on a mission to get him,” he said. “It’s been very taxing because he loves his family. He knows he let them down that night.” Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich said.
On the stand, Pitino told the jury he was at the end of the bar when she approached him with her cellphone, asking him to wish her son a happy birthday.He obliged. Then, she started flirting with him and rubbing his leg, he testified last week. At the end of the night, she suggested they move to a booth to finish their wine.
“Some unfortunate things happened,” he said. “She opened up my pants.” Their encounter lasted only “15 seconds,” Pitino said.
“She said to me that she is extremely fertile. She said her husband had looked at her four times and that she got pregnant,” he said.
Hearing this, Pitino said, he “immediately pulled out.” Under an awkward cross-examination, he was asked how Sypher could have become pregnant if he did not ejaculate. “I did,” he said. “Down my leg.”
Sypher, who says she became pregnant and had an abortion, waited six years to threaten to reveal the details of the brief, messy time together if he did not pay up. He received three threatening phone calls and two letters demanding cash, cars and tuition for her children to keep quiet. Worried that his wife and kids would find out he had a one-night stand with a woman he met in a bar, Pitino acknowledged that he didn’t immediately tell police. He kept quiet for nearly two months, but ultimately, rather than pay Sypher, Pitino contacted the FBI.
All you skallywags take note! She tried to milk the game and all she got was 15 seconds and 26 years. Ho, sit ALL the way down.