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Terry Rozier says now is not the time to address Louisville escort service allegations

Celtics rookie Terry Rozier committed to Louisville in 2011 and enrolled as a freshman in 2013.FILE/ELAINE THOMPSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS

MILAN — Celtics rookie Terry Rozier said he knew nothing about the book published Friday in which a woman alleges a University of Louisville staff member paid her escort service thousands of dollars to have sex with recruits.

In “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” Katina Powell claims former Louisville player and staffer Andre McGee frequently hired her to work or bring strippers and prostitutes to campus during recruits’ visits.

In one excerpt, Powell referred to accepting tickets to two Louisville games, apparently from McGee, in exchange for bringing two women for “a new recruit from Cleveland named Terry.” Rozier, who lived in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio, committed to Louisville in 2011 and enrolled as a freshman in 2013.


The Celtics arrived here at about 6 a.m. Eastern time on Saturday, and Rozier told the Globe he was unaware of the book. When the basic accusations were relayed to him, he responded: “When it’s time to answer those questions and deal with that, I will. But right now I’m just trying to take in this moment with these guys out here and have a lot of fun with my teammates. So, like I said, when that time comes to answer that, I will.”

McGee, who is now an assistant coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, has been placed on administrative leave. On Friday, Louisville coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich said they were investigating the claims made in the book, which is written by Powell and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dick Cady.

“To say I’m disheartened and disappointed would probably be the biggest understatement I’ve made since I’ve been a coach,” Pitino said at a news conference on Friday.

Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbach@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach.