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Former Hoosier Todd Jadlow accuses Bob Knight of abuse in book

24 JAN 2009: ESPN analysts Jay Bilas (L) and Bobby Knight (R) before the Connecticut Huskies 69-61 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Indiana.
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In his recently published memoir Jadlow: On The Rebound, former Indiana basketball player Todd Jadlow accuses head coach Bob Knight of several incidents of abuse. His book is about his career at Indiana from 1985 to 1989 as well as his struggles with addiction, depression and the prison sentence that followed his collegiate career.

Regarding Knight, Jadlow mentioned three incidents from 1989 in an interview with ESPN.

He alleges that Knight punched him in the back of his head prior to an NCAA Tournament game as well as other incidents where the coach grabbed his side so hard that it left bruise marks and squeezing his groin during a timeout. Knight has not issued any comments on the accusations in the book.

“I didn’t go into it to demean Coach Knight or put him down,” Jadlow said. “I was just telling stories when I was at IU. It’s not like I had a vendetta. I still have a lot of respect for him and look at him as a father figure. I didn’t do this to tarnish him. I went through my own struggles, but these things happened at Indiana. I will let people who read this book and consider if it’s abuse or torment by today’s standards. If things went on today like they did, then you would be in jail.”

Knight is famous not only for his coaching ability, but his intense and often aggressive demeanor on the sidelines. He was fired by Indiana for what university president Myles Brand described as an “unacceptable pattern of behavior.”

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