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From Calling Louisville's AD A 'Toad' To Threatening To Tattletale To Dickie V, Dino Gaudio's Attempt To Extort Chris Mack Is Fucking Hilarious

[SI] - DG: So here’s what you’re going to do. This stays right here between me and you for about, mmm, 24 hours. You go tell that f---ing toad over there, Vince Tyra, ‘Dino’s my guy; I gotta take care of him. I want to pay him for a year.’ O.K.? Then none of this s--- f---ing happens. Got it?

DG: I don’t want to be here. So you know what you’re doing? You’re going to f---ing pay me. Between me and you, dude, you can go tell Vince ‘Hey Vince’—I don’t care what the f--- you tell him—‘Vince, Dino’s my guy. I’m going to pay him for his year and a half. He can retire at 66. I’m going to take care of him.’ That’s what we can do. And you know what? That’s what we’re going to do. Or else I’m going to f---ing John Carns, I’m going to f---ing [Louisville Courier-Journal columnist] Tim Sullivan. I’m going to [Jay] Bilas, [Dick] Vitale, [Fran] Fraschilla—all those f---ing guys. That’s the way this is going to f---ing go down, dude. That’s the way this is going to f---ing go down.

Holy shit I can't stop laughing. Dino Gaudio might have the worst attempt at extorting someone these eyes have ever seen. But that said, calling Vince Tyra - the Louisville AD - a 'toad' is one of the meanest things I've ever seen. 

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I don't know why but I've never really heard that burn before. Gotta start using it more, preferably while not trying to extort someone and getting caught for it. At the same time though, Gaudio was getting sentenced for this. 

The short story here is simple. Mack was going to fire Dino Gaudio in an effort to 'help chemistry' on the staff, but really because Mack's short tenure at Louisville hasn't really been great. We see it all the time when people try to shake up a staff to keep the heat off of them for a year. Mix it up and hope for better results. Gaudio obviously didn't like it and tried to straight up extort Mack. I mean it's clear as day extortion with the numerous 'or else' and demanding he be paid until he can collect social security. 

I do love the list of people he threatened to tattle-tale to though. Smart to go to Dickie V. Dickie V loves old school coaches and Dino has been around forever. Dickie also LOVES Rick Pitino and I'm sure would take Dino's side here. The local newspaper writer, Fran Fraschilla and Jay Bilas. What a group. Dino Gaudio's plan was clearly foolproof except for the whole recording thing. 

You can listen to the whole audio here in this link.

The best part besides the toad is Gaudio just butchering names. Couldn't say Tyra's name right. Said 'Fraschillo'. I'm so glad Louisville is in our lives. It doesn't matter who is in charge there, they are always good for hilarious scandals. Worst extortion attempt in the history of extortions.