Louisville Cardinals coach Rick Pitino has had to deal with the World Trade Center death of his brother-in-law, Bill Minardi, for nearly a decade. On Sunday night, the news of Osama bin Laden's death provided the coach a bit of closure. He told ESPN's Sage Steele Monday that he's finally able to sleep "without Nyquil" for the first time in 10 years:
A quick transcript of some of coach Pitino's remarks:
Well, I was sitting around with my two sons last night, watching the Mets vs. the Phillies, and we had two texts arrive at the same time from nephews of mine, and we tried to check to see if it was true. And we never really had any closure in our life -- every morning at the breakfast table, I have a big picture of my brother-in-law Billy Minardi -- we really did not have any closure whatsoever. We were not able to go to a grave site, we still for the last 10 years have been wondering if a criminal of the highest proportion would ever be brought to death.
When we got the news last night, it was the first time I think in 10 years that I did not have to take any melatonin, any Nyquil, to go to sleep. I finally closed my eyes and realized that, although we all realize that the ideology in the Muslim world has to change for this to go away, the person responsible for that horrific thing at 9/11 is finally dead.
Billy and I were high school friends, and he became after my marriage my best friend in life. We, for 30 years, probably spoke two or three times every day on the phone. And from that moment, nine years and nine months or whatever it's been, not a second has gone by without thinking of him. So for all the families that have been involved in 9/11, this is a great relief, that justice has been served.
Life will never be as good as it was when my brother-in-law Billy Minardi was alive, but we have decided to carry on in his honor.