BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WTHR) — Most of Todd Jadlow’s new book, “Jadlow: On The Rebound,” is about the former IU basketball player’s horrifying and ultimately redemptive journey.
That’s not the headline, though, in the recently-released book he co-wrote with former Indianapolis journalist Tom Brew.
This is the headline: Jadlow alleges that former IU basketball coach Bob Knight physically and emotionally abused him and other players.
Allegations that Bobby Knight was mean and abusive? No way! And from someone trying to sell their new book, double whammy. Let’s check it out:
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.”
Classic fucking Bobby Knight. Always said that one of my biggest dreams growing up was to play basketball for Bobby Knight. Granted I didn’t quite have the size or talent to actually follow up on that goal but still. Love coaches that push you and demand the most out of you and don’t kiss your ass, ever – always keep you working for their respect. Guess I’m kind of old fashioned these days because now coaches like that get immediately fired and probably arrested. Guess I’m a throwback to the old days where I liked my coach to push me to my limits and make me feel like shit if I wasn’t mentally prepared and grabbing my nutsack and twisting it with his left hand while punching me in the face with this right. Love being mentally terrorized on a daily basis and walking in to the locker room to find my locker covered from floor to ceiling in pictures of vaginas. Stuff like that makes you into a man, not these Charmin soft little babies coming out of college today.
If you haven’t had your balls purple nurpled by a coach you’ve never really even been coached.