Skip to comments.Karen Sypher found guilty of extorting former Knicks coach Rick Pitino
Posted on 08/06/2010 3:53:09 AM PDT by tlb
Karen Cunagin Sypher was found guilty yesterday of demanding $10 million from former Knick coach Rick Pitino in return for keeping mum about their "15-second" affair -- and now faces up to 26 years in prison.
A jury found Sypher guilty on all six counts -- including extortion and lying to investigators.
n cringe-worthy testimony last week, Pitino told jurors their illicit fling in a Louisville Italian restaurant lasted just "15 seconds."
The jury, which deliberated for five hours starting Wednesday afternoon, did not have much trouble reaching a decision, foreman Glen Elder said. There were no sticking points, he said.
As prosecutors left the courtroom, Jacob Wise, Sypher's 20-year-old son, said sarcastically, "Thanks for taking my mother away, guys," and clapped his hands.
The trial brings to an end a long, embarrassing episode for the Louisville coach, which began when the two met in 2003 at Porcini, an Italian restaurant owned by a friend.
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.
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.
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Kobe's jeweler will probably get a pretty good order today.
I would have paid a little bit to her just to keep her quiet about lasting only 15 seconds.
Fifteen seconds? Pitino should have paid for her silence!
Poor choice of words IMHO.
When people point out derisively that Pitino is “short” I didn’t think they were referring to the 15 second thing.
Did you read what she asked for?
I'm not a big college basketball fan, but I am looking forward to the signage in the crowd at this year's games...
It’s like the Clinton-Lewinski affair. He didn’t get impeached for the “sex” but for lying to Congress about it under oath.
An extortionist like that shouldn’t be trusted anyhow. He might have paid up and she could have still trumpeted the scandal — since it was illegal anyhow, what court would enforce her silence or consequences?
Sad story. Neither party is admirable.
hee he he ... not much bang for the buck there.
Too much foreplay, Rick.
Slightly off topic I guess, but how about jailing women who falsely accuse men of being the father of their children in order to extort child support from them. And jail the judges who go along with it.
It says he pulled out as soon as she started talking pregnancy. Give him credit for quick thinking.
Sorry your mom is a lying, cold, slutty skank, Jacob.
As prosecutors left the courtroom, Jacob Wise, Sypher’s 20-year-old son, said sarcastically, “Thanks for taking my mother away, guys,” and clapped his hands.
So he’s a member of the Sarcastic Clapping Family?
The shot-clock was winding down!
Great example for the youth and team,coach.
I think he should be ejected from the game.
Wasn’t in a restroom. It was on a table in the restaurant. One of his aides waited in the other section while it went down, though he didn’t have to wait long.
My opinion of Pitino :he is still a scumbag.
I hope she does every day.