Coach stack Pitino of Louisville refuse making an poisonous gesture on his way out the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., after ~ Kentucky beat his Cardinals on Saturday.

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video surfaced on the web of Pitino gesturing come the crowd together he walked up the runway come the locker room after the game. His gesture was no clear on the video, yet nevertheless it collection off a buzz on social media sites.

"No i didn"t flip off the fans," Pitino called in a text message. "I was in the tunnel. People were yelling ugly crude points that i didn"t like. The 1-8 comment (Pitino"s record against Kentucky coach man Calipari) to be fine. However the various other comments i didn"t like."

Asked whether he gestured in any method toward the crowd, Pitino said: "My recollection was a "we"re #1.""

Pitino coach additionally declined come say what comments were hurled at him by fans saying: "It"s as well ugly."

Pitino walk not appear for his customary postgame news conference and sent combine head coach Ralph Willard in his place.

Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein called reporters the Pitino decided before the video game that Willard would handle the postgame media conference.

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