Louisville Scandal Takes Turn for the Worse as Trustee Allegedly Provided Payments for Escorts

NCAA Basketball Tournament - Second Round - Michigan v Louisville
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The 2015 University of Louisville athletics scandal in which escorts were used to lure recruits took an interesting turn on Monday, as it has now surfaced that a university trustee was allegedly the 'cash source'.

While former Board of Trustees chairman J. David Grissom and Louisville President James Ramsey have not revealed the chairman's name, this news shouldn't come as a surprise.

“He (Ramsey) told me that one of his board members was the cash source for paying off the strippers in the stripper incident,” Grissom said according to a video of the deposition obtained by WDRB News. Grisson claims the conversation took place in June of 2016.

It should be noted that Ramsey, through his lawyer, denies this conversation ever took place.

In 2017, the NCAA decided to nullify Louisville's 2013 National Championship and other accomplishments after Andre McGee was found guilty for his activity in the scandal.

Katrina Powell's 2015 book "Breaking Cardinal Rules" brought the scandal to light, as the escort alleged that McGee paid her over $10,000 for her services. According to Powell's book, she helped arrange 22 parties for the Louisville basketball recruits.

"As this statement was made as part of ongoing litigation, the university cannot comment," Louisville spokesman John Karman said regarding the assertion.

As much as Louisville would like for this story to go away, its lasting impression won't fade anytime soon.