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Louisville head coach Rick Pitino walks off the court after a 73-69 loss to Michigan in a second-round game in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has filed a lawsuit against Adidas


Updated October 18, 2017 11:28 AM EDT

Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino filed a lawsuit against Adidas on Tuesday, claiming that the sportswear company damaged his reputation.

Pitino, who was fired as head coach of the men's basketball team on Monday, claims that Adidas "outrageously conspired" to inconspicuously give money to a Cardinal recruit without Pitino's knowledge.

“In today’s lawsuit, Coach Pitino swears that he had nothing to do with, and no knowledge of, the Adidas conspiracy,” Steve Pence said, according to The Washington Post.

The lawsuit alleges that, “Adidas knew, or recklessly avoided knowing, that Coach Pitino's reputation for honesty and integrity would be seriously damaged by the perception — even if unfounded — that he was involved with the illegal and wrongful payment of money to recruits, or on their behalf," according to The Post.

The lawsuit comes after a national federal bribery investigation into NCAA Men's college basketball which led to the arrest of ten people, including an Adidas executive.

Since Pitino's termination, the sportswear company has terminated its personal services agreement with hiim. Pitino's lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages for Adidas alleged actions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Rick Pitino is out as head coach of the Louisville Cardinals, according to the Associated Press.

The school's athletics board voted unanimously Monday, to fire him as head coach of the Louisville men's basketball team.

The firing comes three weeks after Louisville acknowledged the men’s basketball program was part of a federal corruption probe and was being investigated.

According to a USA TODAY salary database, Pitino was the highest paid coach this season with a $7.8 million salary, which also included a retention bonus and his personal Adidas contract.

Pitino has coached at Boston University, Providence College, the University of Kentucky and Louisville. He also was the head coach of the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics in the NBA.

This officially ends Pitino's 16-year tenure with the Louisville, a run that included winning the 2013 NCAA championship.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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