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'Indentured Servants': Former UofL Athletes Sue The NCAA

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(LEX 18) — The law firm Morgan & Morgan announced Wednesday it is suing the NCAA on behalf of some former University of Louisville men's basketball players.

 Five former University of Louisville basketball players filed the suit against the NCAA pertaining to its vacating of Louisville’s 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 men’s basketball seasons, including its 2013 championship following a highly publicized sex scandal involving escorts and recruits. The scandal also culminated in the firing of former Athletic Director Tom Jurich and Coach Rick Pitino.

Katina Powell, an escort, claimed she supplied dancers to perform sex acts for Cardinal recruits and players from 2010-14.

Several investigations were launched after the October 2015 publication of Powell's book "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen." Powell wrote that former staffer Andre McGee had paid her $10,000 for 22 shows from 2010-14 at the team's Billy Minardi Hall dormitory.

Former players Luke Hancock and Tim Henderson, as well as attorneys from Morgan and Morgan, held a news conference Wednesday. Attorney John Morgan had strong words for the organization, calling it a "cesspool" and saying that student-athletes were nothing more than "indentured servants."

Morgan took to Twitter to explain why he had taken the case.

"The NCAA is a corrupt organization who preys on poor young teenagers, makes billions, and gives them not even enough for a soft drink," he said. "The 'student-athlete' is a bogus name to screw these kids."

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