Sports apparel company Adidas is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against it by former Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino, WDRP.com reported.
According to Adidas' petition, Pitino was "both aware and supported the scheme" in which Louisville is accused of paying at least one high-profile recruit.
Pitino sued Adidas in October, saying his reputation was damaged by Adidas and that the company supplied money to players without his knowledge.
Adidas' response to Pitino shows that the FBI's criminal case that became public in September accuses the University of Louisville as a whole, not specifically Pitino, though he reportedly was one of the coaches identified anonymously in court papers.
The company also countered that Pitino was asked to make a formal call to Adidas executive James Gatto to get more funding for a recruit. The petition also states it has proof that Pitino called Gatto three times before this specific recruit — reportedly top recruit Brian Bowen — committed to the school.
The petition also noted Louisville's past NCAA infractions within the men's basketball program under Pitino, including "sex acts performed for underage basketball recruits."
Adidas also wants the case, if it proceeds, to be moved to Multnomah County, Oregon, where the company says Pitino originally agreed to hash out any disputes. Instead, the coach's lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Louisville.
Pitino was fired by Louisville for his alleged role in the alleged scheme, and Gatto was criminally charged for his role in illegally recruiting players.