Judge Dismisses Rick Pitino’s Lawsuit Against Adidas

Chris Humphrey

Rick Pitino’s lawsuit against adidas was dismissed Tuesday by the U.S. District Court judge for the Western District of Kentucky.

Pitino filed the lawsuit last October, on grounds of intentional infliction of emotional distress, claiming that Adidas’s alleged payments to college recruits went on without his knowledge and cost him his job and his reputation.

The suit attempted to make adidas employees Jim Gatto and Merl Code out to be rogue agents who never worked with anyone from the school on their scheme and only spoke with Pitino in their roles as employees of the apparel company that sponsors Louisville.

Judge David J. Hale stated that while the court agreed with adidas’ argument that the suit should be dismissed for improper venue and brought to arbitration in Oregon if it can’t be mediated.

Pitino is still in a legal battle with the University of Louisville. He’s suing his former employer for the $35 million in compensation that remained on his contract.

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