Rick Pitino's wife Joanne Minardi and one night stand Karen Cunigan Sypher

Fresh off back to back NCAA Championship appearances (including one title), Rick Pitino came to Boston in 1997 and was supposed to be the savior of the Celtics. Three plus years later, it’s basically an indisputable fact that he left things worse than when he got there.

With Boston in his dust, he moved on to Louisville and magically rediscovered his coaching ability (yes, we’re still bitter). Things were going well for Pitino until one fateful night in 2003.

While dinning at an Italian restaurant, Pitino was approached by a woman by the name of Karen Cunigan, who innocently asked him to give her son some words of wisdom. Several hours and 15 seconds later (we’ll get to that), he had relations with her in said restaurant. Unfortunately for Rick, this isn’t where things ended. Shortly thereafter, Cunigan confronted him stating that she was pregnant. He gave her $3000 for an abortion/medical coverage, depending on who’s story you believe. This meeting occurred at the condo of his team’s strength coach, Tim Sypher. The plot thickens, as Sypher and Cunigan would later marry.

Flash forward to 2009, and (the now) Cunigan Sypher was indicted for extorting Pitino for a whooping $10 million. She also claim that Pitino raped her during their one night stand… AFTER the extortion charges were filed. All the above details came out during the trial, as well as the following gem. While testifying under oath, Pitino claimed their “encounter” lasted “no more than 15 seconds”. I know you’re under oath, but in my book lying was worth the potential perjury charges here. Following her conviction, Cunigan Sypher accused the judge, prosecutor, Pitino and her own attorney of conspiring to ensure she was guilty. And this is why you don’t sleep with crazy people. Obviously the night was just a huge mistake for Pitino, but then again he was the man who gave up on Chauncey Billups after only 51 games. Hey Rick, you’re dignity is not walking through that door.

Despite all this, we would be remiss not to mention the fact that Pitino is actually married, and has been since 1976. His wife is Joanne Minardi, and the couple have 5 living children. They lost one son at 6 months due to congenital heart failure. In his memory, they established the Daniel Patino Foundation to benefit underprivileged children

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5 Responses to “Rick Pitino's wife Joanne Minardi and one night stand Karen Cunigan Sypher”

  1. jow

    You who are without guilt cast the first stone.

  2. Mark Stephens

    The 15 seconds was not worth it we all have made mistakes and most
    Important they love one another and know the power of forgiveness


  3. Katrina komeski

    Leave the bum. Once a liar two timer, always a liar two timer! Take him for as much as you can!

  4. Jave Yudina

    Looks like she is probably worth at least two nights.

  5. clarity

    Your "husband"(I use the term "husband" lightly) is a bully & a slut. He is the quintessential example of a bully & a slut. He's married. He needs to beg GOD's forgiveness far more than Karen. It's terribly sad that he is a role model. What a poor reflection of society that he is so richly rewarded for his disgusting behavior. Males are obviously in desperate need of good men for role models. r. p. IS NOT a good role model. A good role model demonstrates, through actions, what it is to be a good husband, father, uncle, nephew, grandfather....