Former Louisville players deny involvement
More than two weeks have passed since the tell-all book, “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” was released.
The expose, co-authored by Katina Powell, claims Terrence Williams, a Louisville swingman from 2005-09, paid $500 for sex with two of Powell's escorts. On Monday, Williams vehemently denied those allegations.
“I am not a part of that,” he told TMZ. “To Louisville, I am … Elvis Presley. So why would I pay anybody for anything?”
Luke Hancock, the Most Outstanding Player from the 2013 Final Four, appeared on “The Deener Show” on 93.9 The Ville in Louisville on Monday morning. During the interview with Drew Deener, Hancock also denied having any knowledge of the allegations.
“I lived in Billy Minardi Hall for three years,” Hancock said. “I was very close with our basketball team. I had no idea this was happening. I would bet my life that Rick Pitino had no idea this was happening. And if it was, it's got to be small, isolated incidents.”
Louisville has hired Chuck Smrt, a former NCAA enforcement official, to lead an independent investigation.