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Former Louisville basketball player says "strippers" were just girls dancing in bathing suits

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And the plot thickens ... or at least gets even weirder.

In the wake of a WDRB report quoting a former Louisville basketball player as saying that strippers were in the players' dorm on at least one occasion, another former player is speaking out and saying that these young women didn't even fit the description of being "strippers" at all.

The former player, who played during the years in question, spoke to ESPN.com under the condition of anonymity. He said he didn't know who contacted the strippers and that their presence wasn't announced to the entire team.

He said he only went into that particular room because of the loud music, and estimated about a dozen people -- including the women -- were present.

WDRB-TV in Louisville reported Thursday that a source familiar with the investigation indicated that a player acknowledged strippers visited the dorm on one occasion.

"They were just up there dancing in bathing suits, they didn't even get all the way nude," ESPN's source said.

He added: "It was just [for fun] and after that it was like a regular night. We went out to a club. Far as paying for sex -- nobody did that. She's [Powell] lying about that."

The former player said the only money he saw exchanged was the money players tossed at the strippers while they danced. The total, he said, was probably more than $100.

"It wasn't no $10,000, I know that much," he said. "Things don't add up. Andre is staying in the dorm, but he's going to give her $10,000? Like I said, I never seen Andre McGee hand her no money. The only money I saw was what was thrown at the strippers. Not by Andre McGee. By players by their choice. And the girls left and that was just that."

Obviously, if this is the most scandalous thing that took place in this entire ordeal, then the whole thing has been much ado about nothing ... or at least closer to nothing than we ever thought. That said, it's just one anonymous player's take, and there are still probably dozens of official interviews to take place as part of the NCAA's investigation into the claims of this book. And then, of course, there's also the issue of Jaquan Lyle corroborating "the gist of the allegations" about his recruiting trip, according to a CBS report from this morning.

So where does this latest bit of information leave us? I don't know, man, but I really wish we had a football game in two days.