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Brian Bowen Sr. admits taking cash payment from former Louisville assistant Kenny Johnson

The plot, as it tends to do when Louisville is involved, continues to thicken.

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Back on the witness stand Tuesday morning, Brian Bowen Sr. confirmed testimony from last week which alleged that former Louisville assistant Kenny Johnson paid him $1,300 in cash.

Louisville’s current NCAA probation related to the Katina Powell scandal, it should be noted, began on June 15, 2017. Assuming that “late June” means after the 15th, it’s safe to assume then that this payment was made while U of L was already on probation.

Sure, Johnson was fired by Louisville (might be time to make a comment, La Salle), and sure, the player in question never wound up playing for the Cardinals, but this is still a U of L assistant directly paying the father of a recruit just days after the program he represents was placed on probation following one of the most embarrassing scandals in recent college sports history. I have no idea what the NCAA does with that, but I’m terrified that they have the power to do something.

How brazenly idiotic can you be?

As for taking cash from Adidas, the good news — if you want to call it that — is that Bowen Sr. claims that Louisville wasn’t involved in that process at all, and had no knowledge that it was going on.

So there’s that.