Well, there’s no other way to say this: Former Indiana basketball player Todd Jadlow has written a book alleging that from 1985-89 former IU coach Bob Knight punched him, broke a clipboard over his his head, and squeezed his testicles and the testicles of other Hoosiers, among other abuses.
This from Bob Kravitz of WTHR-13 in Indianapolis.
In the book, Jadlow: On the Rebound, Jadlow alleges:
- That Knight punched him in the back of the head with a closed fist during a walkthrough for an NCAA Tournament game against Seton Hall.
- That inside a sideline huddle during a 1989 game against Louisville – the game when Sports Illustrated famously captured a photo of the coach pushing Jadlow back onto the court — Knight cracked a clipboard over Jadlow’s head.
- That after an NIT game in New York City, an enraged Knight once dug his hands so deeply into Jadlow’s sides, he left bruises. Jadlow includes a picture of the bruises Knight left; “It’s weird because I never carried a camera,” he was telling me Friday over a Stromboli at Nick’s. “But I had this thought, ‘You know, if I ever write a book about my experiences, I want to have a picture of what he did to me.’ “
- That Knight made a habit, with Jadlow and others, of grabbing players by the testicles and squeezing.
- That Knight continually called Daryl Thomas a “(bleeping) p—–” and once instructed the managers to wallpaper Thomas’ locker with pictures of female genitalia. Knight also liked to throw tampons at Thomas, who took more abuse than anybody on Jadlow’s teams.
- That on the flight home after the 1986 NCAA Tournament loss to Cleveland State, Knight tore up the plane and ultimately grabbed Thomas by the neck and shook him violently.
- That Knight made sport of Jadlow’s facial tic in front of the entire team; in the book, former IU teammate Mark Robinson wrote that Knight yelled at Jadlow, “If you don’t stop the (bleeping) twitching, I’m going to throw your ass out of here.”
- That during a practice, Knight forced Dean Garrett and Keith Smart to run hours of sprints while barking like dogs since they were, in his words, “playing like (bleeping) dogs.”
And that, Jadlow said recently, was just a partial accounting of Knight’s excesses.
“If he did those things today,” Jadlow said, “he (Knight) would be in jail.”
Jadlow is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, and told Kravitz he knows that poses a challenge to his credibility. Jadlow and WTHR both reached out to Knight for comment, but WTHR was told Knight wouldn’t be responding.
The bulk of the book concerns Jadlow’s personal struggles growing up as a social outcast despite his ability as an athlete, and his subsequent battles with alcohol and cocaine addiction during a 12-year professional career.