When former escort Katina Powell released her book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen” earlier this month, one of the questions asked was whether or not there would be any legal ramifications. Alleged to have provided then-Louisville graduate assistant Andre McGee with escorts to entertain recruits, their guardians and players on the team at that time, Powell stated that should be willing to speak with the NCAA provided she be granted legal immunity.
The granting of that request seemed far-fetched when it was made, and Friday morning the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in Jefferson County, Kentucky began the process of issuing subpoenas in the case according to ESPN.com. While Powell has yet to receive a subpoena according to her attorney, the Indiana Business Journal Book Publishing company has been subpoenaed.
“We have received a subpoena at IBJ Book Publishing, and we are to appear [before the grand jury] November 5th,” publisher Patricia Keiffner said Friday. Keiffner declined further comment.
“Kentucky grand jury proceedings are secret, and Kentucky law prohibits anyone who has received a grand jury subpoena from commenting. However, as of this moment, Ms. Powell has not received any subpoena from the Commonwealth or any other government agency,” said Larry Wilder, Powell’s attorney, who is based in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
In the aftermath of the book release some alleged to have been involved have denied any wrongdoing, while other current and former players questioned have confirmed some of the events detailed in Powell’s book. Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has denied any knowledge of the events Powell alleges to have occurred, and McGee has been silent on the matter.
McGee, who has been urged by his former coach to “tell the truth” about the allegations, resigned from his position as an assistant coach at UMKC last week.