Former Escort: My Daughters And I Were Hired To Sleep With Louisville Recruits And Their Guardians

October 20, 2015  |  

The men’s basketball team at the University of Louisville is under fire after former escort Katina Powell’s recent book release. In her memoir, Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen, Powell alleges that she and her three daughters were hired by former graduate assistant to the Cardinals, Andre McGee, to strip for and sleep with basketball recruits and their guardians.

In an interview with ESPN, Powell said that she met McGee through a local barber. Initially, she says that she was just hired to provide girls to strip at recruit parties held at Billy Minardi Hall; however, McGee and the girls quickly began cutting “side deals” for sex.

“Andre was the one who always had the money,” she alleged. “He passed out the money, made it rain, made the deals, paid for the deals.”

“He’d ask me if there were any girls who wanted to make extra money. Pretty much, a side deal with the players. I was like, ‘I’ll ask.’ I asked the girls, ‘Anybody want to make extra money?’ and their eyes just lit up.”

Powell’s daughters, who are now 24 and 22 years old, also spoke on their mom’s book and their alleged past dealings with the players.

“My mom came and asked me and I was like, ‘Okay,’” Lindsay Powell said of her alleged sexual encounter with Russ Smith, who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies. “We went in another room, and we had sex.”

Rod-ni Powell also recalled the one time she slept with a player, who she identified as Montrezl Harrell. He currently plays for the Houston Rockets.

“I was there, and I don’t know. I guess he felt left out so he just kind of asked me if I would do it. I did it. I got paid like $100, maybe a little more.”

According to Powell, she worked with the team between from 2010 to 2014.

“I did everything to make those guys sign,” said Powell, who felt like she was a part of the recruiting team. “When you offer what you offer, then, of course, it’s like, ‘Hey, yeah, I’ll sign on the line. If this is what they’re providing, sure.’”

“I knew they weren’t college girls,” said one recruit who asked to remain anonymous. “It was crazy. It was like I was in a strip club.”

She insists that neither her daughters nor the other women who worked for her were underage at the time. The NCAA is currently investigating her allegations.

“I don’t know if any of this is true or not,” said Louisville coach Rick Pitino to ESPN’s Dana O’Neil. “There’s only one person who knows the truth, and he needs to come out and tell the truth to his teammates, to the University of Louisville, to his fans and to his coaches that have taught him to do the right thing for years and allowed him to be part of something special here.”

According to Powell, at least one transaction occurred after McGee went to work for another team, which seems to imply that someone else with the organization had knowledge of the alleged deals.

Watch Powell’s full interview here.

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