Why are Karen Cunagin Sypher photos such a hot item? It seems that everybody wants to get a good look at the woman Rick Pitino admitted to having consensual sex and a one-night affair with (that would be Karen Sypher) in a closed restaurant back in August 2003. So the search for Karen Sypher photos has become popular. Joanne Pitino photos are also being sought, possibly for comparison. Just like the rush to find Sahel Kazemi and Mechelle McNair photos after the Steve McNair slaying, it seems that the same is occurring with regard to Joanne Pitino and Karen Sypher. Photos of the wife and the other woman for comparison and contrast, conversation and controversy.
News that the head coach of the vaunted Louisville Cardinals basketball program was being extorted by Karen Cunagin Sypher, the wife of his team equipment manager, for $10 million over an alleged affair has been the rage of the Louisville area press since Rick Pitino went to authorities back in April with the story. According to records recently released under Kenucky’s Open Records Act and revealed by the Louisville Courier-Journal, Pitino admitted to having consensual sex with Karen Sypher at a restaurant in 2003.
So now the curious want to see a few Karen Cunagin Sypher photos, compare them with those of Joanne Pitino, and sit in judgment. Is she better looking? What made him disregard his marriage of 27 years (now 33 years) for a one-night stand? Could it have been worth it? Superficial judgments will undoubtedly be the rule.
But the act of having an adulterous liaison pales in comparison to what came afterward. Rick Pitino went to authorities in April with his story that Karen Sypher was extorting him for $10 million to keep quiet about the affair. In addition to the money, Rick Pitino was to buy Sypher two vehicles, pay off her house, and pay her a regular allowance for her silence. He also admitted to meeting with Karen Sypher, who at the time was not married to Tim Sypher, and giving her $3000 for an abortion.
Last month, nearly six years after the sexual encounter and three months after being investigated and charged with extortion, Karen Sypher alleged that Rick Pitino had raped her — not once, but twice. According to Karen Sypher, there was no affair. Pitino allegedly forced himself on her after the restaurant closed in August 2003 and again when they met at Tim Sypher’s condo, where Pitino gave her money for the abortion.
Pitino denies the second sexual encounter even took place. Pitino admits to giving Sypher the money, but his lawyer, Steve Pence, told the Associated Press that he believed the money was to be used for medical insurance, not an abortion. Police, finding discrepancies in Karen Sypher’s accounts of events, have refused to file charges against Pitino.
But along with the story that seems to come straight from a daytime drama and the attention that it generates comes the desire to place a face with a name. So the internet has become an easy access mode of information gathering, especially when it comes to the visual. A quick search of “Karen Sypher Photos” or “Karen Cunagin Sypher Photos” produces several articles that link to photos of the 49-year-old. Searches for Joanne Pitino, or Joanne Minardi (Pitino’s wife’s maiden name), produces quick results as well.
These photo comparisons tend to happen when news or allegations of affairs surface. People just feel the need to compare. No sooner had the public found out that Sahel Kazemi was Steve McNair’s girlfriend and not just a female acquaintance, the curious began searching for a photo of Sahel Kazemi, soon followed by pictures of Steve McNair’s wife, Mechelle. The same happened with the affairs of Nevada senator John Ensign, South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, and reality show dad Jon Gosselin of “Jon and Kate Plus 8.” People want to see and compare.
Still, no matter how good looking Karen Cunagin Sypher might be in photos, her actions to date have been anything but exemplary. (And neither have those of Rick Pitino.) But Karen Sypher’s future photos might have those unsightly metal bars semi-obstructing her image. That is decidedly unattractive.
Karen Cunagin Sypher Photos.
Photo of Joanne Minardi Pitino.