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UMKC’s Kareem Richardson says allegation against assistant coach is ‘serious concern’

Louisville announced Friday that it has launched an investigation into allegations that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee paid an escort service to provide sex for recruits.
Louisville announced Friday that it has launched an investigation into allegations that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee paid an escort service to provide sex for recruits. 2009 AP photo

UMKC men’s basketball coach Kareem Richardson called the allegations leveled against Kangaroos’ assistant coach Andre McGee “a matter of serious concern.”

McGee is alleged to have paid an escort service to help recruit players to Louisville when he worked there. McGee joined UMKC’s staff in 2014.

“The allegations reported yesterday are a matter of serious concern,” Richardson said in a release from UMKC. “Like many, I am eager to learn the results of the investigations underway by UMKC, Louisville and the NCAA but we all need to allow the process to run its course without interference.”

Richardson, a member of Louisville’s staff until 2013 when he became UMKC’s coach, said Connor Hampton, the Kangaroos’ director of basketball operations, will become an assistant coach on a temporary basis.

McGee is on paid administrative leave.

The allegations were made in a book, titled “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” published by Indianapolis-based IBJ Book Publishing LLC. Yahoo Sports first reported the allegations contained in the book.

According to the publisher, the book tells the story of Katina Powell, a Louisville stripper and escort who claims “she was hired repeatedly by McGee to provide strippers and prostitutes during the campus visits of highly sought high school basketball players — and in some cases their fathers — as well as then-current Louisville players.”

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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