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Celtics’ Terry Rozier feels for former coach Rick Pitino

Celtics guard Terry Rozier said it was “sad to hear about” a federal bribery investigation involving Louisville, where he played from 2013-15.JESSICA RINALDI/GLOBE STAFF

Celtics guard Terry Rozier, who played at Louisville for two seasons from 2013-15, said he was disheartened by the news of a federal bribery investigation that has pummeled his former team.

Cardinals basketball coach Rick Pitino on Wednesday was placed on unpaid administrative leave amid the latest scandal to strike the beleaguered program. Pitino’s lawyers said in a statement that Pitino had “in effect, been fired.”

“It’s just sad to hear about it all,” Rozier said Wednesday. “It’s a school I still represent, so, you know, it just sucks.”

As part of the FBI’s criminal complaint, it was alleged that Louisville coaches took part in a scheme to pay the families of two incoming recruits. Rozier said he had not spoken to any of his former Louisville teammates about the situation, but he feels for Pitino.

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“He’s just a great guy,” Rozier said. “I mean, he was tough on us, but it’s all love at the end of the day. He’s a great coach, a guy that I respect and everything. So like I said, it just sucks, the news.”

In 2015, Katina Powell wrote a book claiming that former Louisville assistant coach Andre McGee paid her to run an escort service for Louisville recruits, and she claimed that Rozier was one of the players who had sex with an escort during his recruiting visit to Louisville. Rozier has declined to publicly comment about the situation.

Louisville self-imposed an NCAA Tournament ban after acknowledging that many of Powell’s claims were legitimate, and last June the NCAA put the Cardinals on probation, stripped the program of wins, and suspended Pitino for the first five games of the upcoming Atlantic Coast Conference season.


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