Rick Pitino says Andre McGee needs to ‘tell the truth’

Rick Pitino has pleaded for Andre McGee to come forward and tell what he knows.

The latest chapter of the Louisville escort scandal unfolded on Tuesday morning when ESPN published a story with five former Louisville players and recruits confirming the allegations Katina Powell made in her book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen."

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino spoke to ESPN and Yahoo Sports on Tuesday afternoon and pleaded for Andre McGee, the former Louisville staffer Powell claims paid her to provide strippers for private parties, to come forward and "tell the truth."

“I don’t know if any of this is true or not, there’s only one person who knows the truth and he needs to come out and tell the truth to his teammates, to the University of Louisville, to his fans and to his coaches that have taught him to do the right thing for years and allowed him to be part of something special here. He’s the only one with any answers.

“Whether it’s true or not, I don’t know,” Pitino continued. “I spoke to my nephew who lived in Minardi Hall, lived in the dorm, and he said he never saw anything the entire time he lived there. Obviously by what people are saying, something did go on but there’s only one person who knows the truth. Everything else is absurd. I don’t care about the legal issues. If he’s done something wrong, he has to own up to it and do his penance.

“We know on the other end of the book, this is all about money. People will say and do anything for money. If these things are not true, and I keep using the word if, there’s only one person who can give solutions to these problems. It’s Andre McGee. It’s time to give back to his team, his university, and coaches and tell the NCAA the truth and tell everyone else who was at one time very proud of him the truth. He owes that to his parents, to his university, to his teammates and his coaches.

McGee served on the Louisville coaching staff from 2010-14 as both a graduate assistant and director of basketball operations. In 2014, he was hired as an assistant coach at Missouri-Kansas City. UMKC has put him on administrative leave. McGee has yet to comment on the matter, but Pitino said in a press conference on Oct. 2 that McGee denied the allegations when the two spoke.

h/t SportsCenter