In light of her trial that begins today in U.S. District Court in Louisville on charges of extortion, retaliating against UofL basketball coach Rick Pitino, and making false statements to federal agents, it is only fitting that Karen Sypher is this week’s “Looker of the Week.” I’ll spare you the details of the case, as most of you are well aware of them. Plus, the Courier-Journal can provide you with all the details to satisfy your interest.
Personally, I could care less about this trial and this story altogether. One of the few things that I have found interesting about it, however, is how karma will either reward you or simply bite you in the arse. C’mon, you know the story quite well…
Pitino was on the verge of creating a dynasty at UK when all of the sudden in April of 1997, he announced his decision to leave the Big Blue Nation for the NBA and the Boston Celtics. Then, in 2001, after a disastrous run in the NBA, he came back to college basketball not at UK but at its bitter, in-state rival—the Dirty Birds of “Looavull.” Our response: WTF?! It was mind-boggling and inconceivable. We were stabbed in the back by Benedict Arnold himself.
So, after years of feeling anguish, betrayal, and pure rage, I think a smile (if not a downright outburst of laughter) came across the face of most UK fans once the news broke of Sypher (God, love her). And, as we learned more about her, we continued to shake our heads and smile.
This trial, which should last about two weeks, should be entertaining of nothing else. Pitino will likely get on the stand, and from what I’ve read, Sypher’s attorney will talk to him like no one ever has in his life. Sypher may also reach the witness stand; if she does, I have a feeling we’ll see a tear or two.
Karen, the TGR family wishes you the best. We’ll go ahead and get your “TGR Looker of the Week” t-shirt in the mail so that if you do reach the witness stand, you can wear it proudly.