A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 16, 2018
“If you tell the truth, it becomes part of your past. If you lie, it becomes part of your future”

"If you tell the truth. it becomes (a) part of your past. If you lie. it becomes (a) part of your future” is a saying that has been printed on many images. The quote is from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, who confessed to having had an extramarital affair (in 2003) in a press conference on August 12, 2009.

NPR (National Public Radio) reported Pitino’s press conference:

“Mr. RICK PITINO (Head Coach, University of Louisville): When you have a problem, if you tell the truth, your problem becomes part of your past. If you lie, it becomes part of your future.”

The quotation is usually given as “anonymous” and is rarely associated with Rick Pitino, probably because of the non-basketball nature of the quotation.


Wikipedia: Rick Pitino
Richard Andrew Pitino (born September 18, 1952) is a former American basketball coach. He has been the head coach of several teams in NCAA Division I and in the NBA, including Boston University (1978–1983), Providence College (1985–1987), the New York Knicks (1987–1989), the University of Kentucky (1989–1997), the Boston Celtics (1997–2001) and the University of Louisville (2001–2017).
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Extortion attempt against Pitino
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On August 11 (2009—ed.), Pitino admitted to having engaged in sexual relations with Cunagin on August 1, 2003 in Porcini, a Louisville restaurant. (...) At a press conference on August 12, Pitino made a statement, in which he apologized for his indiscretion and stated that he would remain as coach.

12 August 2009, All Things Considered (NPR), “Rick Pitino Embroiled In Extortion Case”:
Mr. RICK PITINO (Head Coach, University of Louisville): When you have a problem, if you tell the truth, your problem becomes part of your past. If you lie, it becomes part of your future.

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@TweetBoogie
RT @MassManABZ: “When you tell the truth, it becomes part of your past. When you lie, it becomes a part of your future!” PREACH NUCCA!
6:51 PM - 12 Aug 2009

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Kevin Urie
@KevinUrie
“if you have a problem and tell the truth it becomes part of your past, if you lie, it becomes part of your future” Rick Pitino
6:54 PM - 12 Aug 2009

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RockinBigDaddy
8/14/09
“When you have a problem, if you tell the truth the problem becomes part of your past,” he said. “If you lie it becomes part of your future.”

The Christian Science Monitor
Lesson of Letterman extortion, other blackmail cases: come clean
David Letterman, John Travolta, and Rick Pitino all foiled alleged extortion plots by going public and turning to police.

October 2, 2009
By Tracey Samuelson Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor
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Here’s how Pitino explained his decision in August to go public. “When you have a problem, if you tell the truth, the problem becomes part of your past. If you lie, it becomes part of your future.”

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Sex scandals 2009: Quotes of the year
December 30, 2009
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Best piece of advice for celebrity adulterers
“If you tell the truth, the problem becomes part of your past. If you lie, it becomes part of your future.”
— Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino, who admitted in August to having had extramarital sex with a local woman in 2003. The woman subsequently attempted to blackmail him for $10 million. Pitino remains in his position.

30 July 2011, McClatchy-Tribune News Service, “Dolphins’ Smith grows up, ready for ‘elite’” by Dave Hyde:
“If you tell the truth it becomes a part of your past. If you tell a lie it becomes a part of your future.”
(Spoken by Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith.—ed.)

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“If you tell the truth, it becomes part of your past. If you tell a lie, it becomes part of your future.”—Anonymous

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Lie Detection and Body Language:
Learn How to Detect Lies

By Alka Swami
New Delhi, India: Educreation Publishing
2017
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“If you tell the truth, it becomes a part of your past, but if you tell a lie, it becomes a part of your future.”

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Garreth Hayes
@garrethhayes
Replying to @netwars1984 @SunPolitics
If you tell the truth it becomes part of your past. If you tell a lie it becomes part of your future.
6:43 AM - 16 Aug 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Thursday, August 16, 2018 • Permalink