On Tuesday, we heard from Katina Powell and her daughters for the first time about "Breaking Cardinal Rules."Powell said there is no way she could make up the details in the book. But in an interview that aired on ESPN she had to answer tough questions, including if she let her three daughters strip and have sex with recruits when they were underage."That is not true. That is not true. Everyone that I dealt with was grown and were able to make their own decisions about what to do," Powell said.
A defiant Powell denies accusations her daughters or any of the other two dozen dancers she claims to have supplied for U of L basketball recruits were underage. Instead, Powell said, from 2010 to 2014, the women consented to strip and in some cases provide "side deals" for players and recruits."Side deals were sex and if they wanted to make extra money, that is what the side deal was," Powell said.Two of Powell's daughters are speaking out.Lindsay Powell, 24, admits to having sex with former Louisville star Russ Smith after being requested."My mom came and asked me and I was like, OK, and we went in another room and we had sex," Lindsay Powell said.Her sister, 22-year-old Rod-Ni Powell, claims she was paid for sex with another Louisville Cardinal turned NBA player."Montrezl Harrell was there and I do not know, he just, I guess, he just left out so he just kind of asked me if, you know, I would do it and I did it. I got paid like a hundred, maybe a little more," Rod-Ni Powell said.Katina Powell said she did what she did as a way of helping with the university's recruiting process. Once, she said, former Director of Basketball Operations Andre McGee orchestrated."He would start the music and usually the girls would come out one by one," Powell said.WLKY reached out to the University of Louisville and Coach Pitino on Tuesday but we were told they will not comment until the review process is complete.