Rick Patino’s Whistler Hotel Bill of Extortion

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on August 11, 2009 10:18 pm

It’s turned into a very expensive night for a little action.  Rick Patino, men’s basketball coach at the University of Louisville, may be escaping an extortion attempt, but the hit to his reputation could be just as costly.

The married father of five is a god in Louisville.  On August 1st, 2003, Patino was at a Louisville Restaurant.  At closing time, the owner tossed Patino the keys and told him to lock up.  Karen Cunagin Sypher was at the restaurant and stayed after with Patino.

Months later Patino paid for an abortion for Sypher.  And then the extortion started.  Sypher demanded $10 million from the married Patino to keep the incident quiet.

$10 million, that’s the same number the Westin Resort & Spa in Whistler is spending on guest room refurbishments this year.  The cost that Sypher wanted, and you know Patino had to ponder paying, will refurbish a 419 room hotel in Whistler.

Expensive night it was, Mr. Patino.

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