One of the most infamous names in college basketball is being refused a second chance.
Former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, whose involvement in a corruption scandal cost him his job, had his lawsuit against Adidas dismissed by a federal judge on Tuesday. The lawsuit alleges that the apparel company intentionally damaged his reputation.
The lawsuit, which Pitino had filed back in October 2017, is less about money and more about dissociating himself from the conspiracy Adidas created, according to Pitino's lawyer Steve Pence.
Pitino was initially put on administrative leave by Louisville after it was revealed that he funneled $100,000 to five-star recruit Brian Bowen in exchange for his commitment to Louisville. He was then fired in October when the FBI confirmed those reports and connected him with several other unethical recruiting practices.
Shockingly, Rick Pitino's lawsuit against adidas was dismissed. Undeterred, he thinks he has a good case against Buster Brown.— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) August 15, 2018
Following the findings, Bowen transferred to South Carolina and has since signed a contract to play professionally in Australia.
The judge, David A. Hale, suggested that arbitration would be required out of court. However, the lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice. Therefore Pitino can file those same claims again if he wishes.