July 28, 2014
An equipment manager's estranged wife has been charged with trying to extort Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino.
A criminal complaint filed in federal court Friday also accuses Karen Sypher of lying to the FBI. She appeared in court but did not enter a plea, and was released on her own recognizance.
The complaint says Sypher's husband brought Pitino a written list of demands including a house, cars and money. It says Sypher wanted college tuition for her children, two cars of her choice, her house paid off and $3,000 per month.
The complaint says those demands were later withdrawn when she
asked for $10 million instead.
It isn't clear why she was demanding the money. Court documents say only that Pitino believed it was related to an encounter in 2003.
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