By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully
Celtics rookies Terry Rozier and Jordan Mickey have been named in the Louisville recruiting sex scandal.
The Outside the Line report, which was released on Tuesday, revealed that recruits attended parties at the basketball dorm on campus from 2010-2014. Those parties included strippers that were paid for by Andre McGee, the team’s former graduate assistant coach.
At the parties the recruits were also given the opportunity to pay for sex from the escorts according to Katina Powell, a self-described former escort and the woman who would round up the other girls for the parties.
“The recruit would pick out what girl he wanted. Andre would come to me, tell me what girl the recruit wanted, and I would tell the girl and she would say her price,” Powell said.
Former Celtics and current Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino claims to have no knowledge of what has gone on over the last four years, but, in the midst of the alleged “party years,” Powell did ask McGee if Pitino had any knowledge of what was going on. He answered, “He’s Rick. He knows about everything.'”
Terry Rozier played at Louisville for two seasons before the Celtics selected him with the 16th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
“I don’t want to talk about it,” Rozier told ESPN. “I was already committed before I took my visit. I will say, though, Coach [Pitino], as far as the dorm situations and visits, he’d go out to eat with the recruits and their parents. As far as after that, he wouldn’t know. … I can say his nose is clean.”
The Celtics second round pick Jordan Mickey, who is not quoted in the Outside the Lines story, ended up going to LSU, but according to the report was one of the players who had sex with an escort during his recruitment trip at Louisville.
What does this mean for the 2015-16 Celtics? Not much, but it is an awkward topic and could be a distraction for the two rookies.
Both were not available to the media Tuesday night before the Shamrock Gala.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens did say that he had not talked to Rozier and Mickey since the report came out, but did tell Jay King of MassLive.com that they’ll have to answer questions eventually.
“Obviously those guys will have to answer (whether it will be a distraction for them),” Stevens said. “Again, I think it’s something that I don’t know a lot about. And at the same time, I think that they’ll answer it the way however they feel they need to. And they’ll handle it the way they need to.”
Both Louisville and the NCAA are investigating the report.