Ex-Hoosier Says Bobby Knight Squeezed Players' Testicles
Todd Jadlow's book contains new abuse allegations against the coach
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2016 1:35 PM CDT
Former basketball coach Bobby Knight introduces Donald Trump during a campaign rally in September in Ohio.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Bobby Knight, one of the winningest coaches in college basketball history, is famous for his temper. But an autobiography published this month by one of his former players contains disturbing new details of the ways in which Knight allegedly abused the student athletes playing for him, Deadspin reports. Todd Jadlow, who played on the 1987 Indiana University championship team under Knight, writes that Knight punched him in the back of the head on one occasion and broke a clipboard over his head on another. He claims Knight would constantly grab and squeeze players by the testicles. According to WTHR, Jadlow has photos of bruises he says Knight left on his sides and claims he was once threatened by Knight over his facial tic. He writes that the coach made two players run sprints for hours while barking like dogs.

Jadlow says one player in particular got it the worst. He says Knight called this player a "pussy" and had an underling decorate the player's dorm room with pictures of vaginas. Jadlow claims Knight threw tampons at the player and put his hands around his neck. "If he did those things today, he would be in jail," Jadlow says. Despite all this, Jadlow still "reveres" Knight. "I'm a Knight guy," he says. "I'm proud to have played for him and love him like a father." While the accusations against Knight will get the attention, Jadlow: On The Rebound is mostly about Jadlow's battles against addiction, which led to him losing custody of his daughter, spending 20 months in custody, and contemplating suicide, the Indiana Daily Student reports. He's now the head of a recovery foundation.
 

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