From Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
Psychosis: “The fundamental derangement of the mind (as in schizophrenia) characterized by defective or lost contact with reality especially as evidenced by delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized speech and behavior.”
(See what happens when you let the terrorists win?)
That’s the only word I can find to describe Rick Pitino’s performance at his Wednesday press conference in Louisville. He quite obviously has crossed over into O.J. mode, completely erasing from his mind any semblance of responsibility for his extra-marital affair and the subsequent abortion.
The absolute lowest of the low though was his invoking a wildly inappropriate and bizarre reference to 9/11:
“Besides my apology to the university — and in particular to Tom Jurich and Dr. Ramsey, who have been very strong with me throughout this period — I also apologize to my extended family, which is all of the fans. I came here at a very difficult time. When 9/11 hit, you needed a community to get you over it.
In New York City, it was easy because everybody knew the devastation of that and they got each other over it. In Louisville, the impact wasn’t felt like New York City, but I needed this community to help me get over it. The university officials and my friends and loved ones have helped me through this very difficult time.”
FYI: Pitino was hired by Louisville in March, 2001, six months before 9/11. And the pain that he describes from the event? It was derived from the loss of his wife Joanne’s brother, Billy Minardi.
Minardi’s sister, Joanne Pitino, is the same wife who Pitino cheated on with Karen Sypher twice in August, 2003, less than two years after 9/11. So I’m sure Joanne is very happy to know Sypher was part of their “extended family” who helped Coach Rick get over the pain of her brother’s death!
Of course, that wasn’t the only gem Pitino polished off for us Wednesday in an address that will long be esconced in the SbB “Opposite Day!” Hall of Fame.
When you have a problem, if you tell the truth, your problem becomes a part of your past. If you lie, it becomes a part of your future. I made a very difficult decision to tell the truth to the federal authorities, the local authorities, the university officials and most importantly, the people that love me the most: my family and friends.”
So why after six years did Pitino suddenly decide to the tell the truth? Think it had anything to do with Sypher threatening to go public when Pitino cut off the hush money?
I suppose I shouldn’t be complaining though. Pitino has finally stepped forward and taken complete responsibility for his actions. His admonition Wednesday I’m sure had absolutely nothing to do with the LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL finally publishing his comments to the FBI about the affair - only after Pitino and his flunkies had embarked on a six month campaign to smear Sypher in the media. (I’m in no way defending Sypher, mind you.)
I’ll sleep better tonight knowing that Pitino finally has a clear conscience, and that if it wasn’t for Al-Qaeda, he never would’ve bare-backed a broad who wasn’t his wife on Porcini’s piano bar.