By Sonja Sykes
So the dirty rumors have finally been confirmed.
As a member of the Catholic faith like Rick, I know abortions don’t endear you to the parish priest. I can’t condone Ms. Sypher’s action. If it’s true that he financed the abortion, Pitino is just as guilty as her. Adultery is strike two. Our faith and the Ten Commandments teach us that this is wrong.
Abortion is murder. Adultery always hurts more than the parties involved. If it had been Billy Bob and Sarah Jo in Radcliff, it would have drawn little more than a passing shrug. What make this case worse is that Pitino is a widely recognized public figure and a molder of young men.
In my opinion, the ramifications extend far beyond stepping into the confessional and confiding to the priest. Is the offense serious enough to take his coaching job away? Does he resign? Is it the reason Ralph Willard was summoned?
Sides will be drawn. There will be the inevitable one liners, crude jokes and the taunts and pointing fingers of opposing fans, creating a distraction for the family, Louisville players and Card fans.
We listen to sermons about forgiveness, about he who is without sin casting the first stone. Is redemption possible in all of this? We know about the Pitino “spin doctoring” abilities with the media. Let’s see how he turns this. Let’s see how we respond.
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Pitino Appearance Cancelled — Samford University has announced that the university and Pitino have mutually agreed to cancel a luncheon speech Pitino was scheduled to deliver on Sept. 10 at the Birmingham school.