Judge Tosses Pitino’s Lawsuit Against Adidas

Posted at 5:27 PM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 17:27:14-04

(LEX 18) — A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed former Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino’s lawsuit against the apparel company Adidas.

In a "memorandum opinion and order" signed by U.S. District Judge David J. Hale, the court dismissed Pitino’s lawsuit, largely pointing to and endorsement agreement that requires arbitration instead of court action in disputes.

In the suit, Pitino "alleges that Adidas knowingly or recklessly caused him emotional distress when its employees conspired to bribe University of Louisville basketball recruits, as detailed in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York," the judge’s order states.

The criminal complaint sprouted from a scandal that ultimately lead to Pitino’s ouster from the university.

Read the full order below: