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Former IU player says Bobby Knight broke a clipboard over his head, punched him, and grabbed his testicles

Former Indiana coach Bobby Knight is known for his temper, but now, one of his former players is claiming the legendary coach abused him and his teammates physically and emotionally. Todd Jadlow, who played for Knight at IU from 1985-89, outlines the abuse in his new book, “Jadlow: On The Rebound,” which describes Jadlow’s descent into a life of drugs, alcohol, and family incarceration. In the book, Jadlow accuses Knight of punching him, breaking a clipboard over his head, and grabbing him by the testicles and squeezing. Yikes.

Jadlow says that Knight also made fun of Jadlow’s facial tic in front of the entire team and repeatedly called his teammate Daryl Thomas a “(bleeping) p—-,” made team managers wallpaper Thomas’ locker with pictures of female genitalia, and actually threw tampons at him during practice. (Who throws a tampon?) On one flight home after IU’s 1986 NCAA Tournament loss to Cleveland State, Jadlow says Knight tore up the plane and grabbed Thomas by the neck and shook him violently.

It’s interesting to note that Jadlow was once considered one of Knight’s favorite players, and, when Knight was dismissed from Indiana in 2000 after evidence surfaced that Knight choked a player in 1997, he swore off the Hoosiers, calling the administration two-faced for firing Knight when they should have erected a statue in his honor. Despite his allegations in the book, Jadlow told WTHR’s Bob Kravitz he still considers himself “a Knight guy.”

“I’m a Knight guy, I’m proud to have played for him and love him like a father; let’s not mistake that,” Jadlow said. “But this was the life we led when we were playing for him.”

Jadlow said he reached out to Knight while writing the book, but was told his former coach would not respond. (Guess he’s too busy campaigning for Trump.)


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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42 Comments for Former IU player says Bobby Knight broke a clipboard over his head, punched him, and grabbed his testicles

  1. Mathlete
    2:44 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

    No wonder Knight is a Trump fan – he also enjoys grabbing people by, and using crude terms for, genitals

  2. ClutchCargo
    2:45 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

    The clipboard thing is 100% true. I saw it happen in the huddle during a “Big 4 Classic” game at the old RCA Dome. I was sitting in the front row of the endzone near their bench.

    • runningunnin.454
      6:25 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

      Don’t know about the clipboard; but, I saw him throw the chair all the way across the floor during a game.
      He was a great coach; but, obviously had some serious character flaws….he once said women should “lay back and enjoy rape”.
      He was not unlike another great General, Geo Patton, who had his own rough edges.

    • The REAL Billy Hill
      10:05 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

      Running, are you referring to Trump or Knight? 🤔

    • runningunnin.454
      12:58 am October 26, 2016 Permalink

      Ha Ha, good one, Bill. Obviously, I was talking about Trump…..the article was about Trump, and Knight wasn’t a great coach, nor was he ever called General; but….I think you knew that.

  3. J-Dub421
    2:51 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

    Bobby Knight is human refuse.

  4. BBNFL
    3:10 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

    Dont even compare Bobby Knight to Trump. You tree hugging liberal idiots have no idea what youre dojng by supporting that Obama loving murder running for office. I dont know who is a bigger moron Bobby Knight, any of the Clintons, or Louisville fans….its a toss up

    • shelby
      6:41 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

      She didn’t “compare” him to trump u fox-news-watching lemming; she said he’s campaigning for the orange piece of shit.

    • jayiron11
      7:01 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

      Shelby got his sensitive little CNN panties in a wad.

    • runningunnin.454
      7:29 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

      Welcome back, Jayiron11….that was a good one.
      1. Don’t get mad…only raises your blood pressure.
      2. Everybody’s entitled to their opinion.
      3. Nobody’s going to change anybody’s mind.

    • UK Big Board Update
      10:26 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

      This guy call others sensitive, meanwhile, all he does is cry about politics all over Twitter, including Matt Jones’ account.

    • UK Big Board Update
      10:27 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

      Maybe it’s YOU whose panties are all in a wad…?

  5. BigBlueToo
    3:14 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

    Indiana should have fired Robert Montgomery Knight during the Pan Am Games in 1979. He is a disgrace and embarrassment to the USA, Indiana University and human race. A loudmouth, abusive, despicable bully who, thankfully, is no longer relevant.

  6. secrick
    3:15 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

    The guy still loves Knight, that has to say something about Coach Knight. I’m not sure what .I use to like him but he got so sour with everyone.

  7. sincitycat
    3:23 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

    Hug trees, not Republicans or Bobby Knight.

  8. largebluej
    3:43 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

    There was an almost identical account of Knight’s treatment of Daryl Thomas in Feinstein’s “Season on the Brink”, which I think came out in 1986 or 1987,

  9. ekywildcat
    4:12 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

    Happened 30 years ago. Don’t care. And I’m no fan of Knight.

  10. secrick
    4:24 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

    Miss Tyler , Do you have to be a democrat to work for ksr? Please stop with the Trump things. No one cares who your voting for.

    • WildcatScratchFever
      4:31 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink


    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      4:34 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but Knight is campaigning for Trump. That’s just a fact.

    • CatBlue in LR
      4:35 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

      I agree. That last little political dig is wholly gratuitous and drives people from this site unnecessarily.

    • thevoiceofreason
      5:16 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

      I don’t see how pointing out that Knight is on the campaign trail for Trump is a “dig” of any kind.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      5:18 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

      I don’t know guys… I agree that the comment seemed to be used with a negative association, but how much of that is inferred based on your own personal opinion of Trump and/or Knight?

  11. WildcatScratchFever
    4:30 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

    grab him in the testicles

  12. david8577
    4:45 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

    If I saw someone beating the hell out of an old man, and that old man was Bobby Knight, I would choose to not intervene.

  13. Bluebloodtoo
    5:15 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

    Talk about speaking out of both sides of his mouth – this guy is all over that place with his words, but his actions clearly say he’s willing to profit by soiling the name of his self-proclaimed mentor/father figure.

  14. jayiron11
    5:37 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

    Let’s stop acting like campaigning for Hillary makes a person better than someone campaigning for Trump.

  15. jayiron11
    5:41 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

    I’m so sick and tired of watching the KSR staff attack the Republican presidential candidate when the Democrat candidate is even more disgusting an appalling. It’s fine to bring politics to KSR if the editors and staff choose to do so, but to insinuate Hillary is a beacon of integrity and ethical behavior is a slap to the face of KSR readers. Love Matt and all the KSR staff, but expose Hillary as the corrupt person she is also. I’m only one person. My opinion doesn’t matter but I’m doNE with KSR after this comment. I’ll read coachcal.Com and sec country for wildcat kews.

    • WildcatScratchFever
      5:45 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

      See ya!

    • Buckets
      6:35 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

      Hilarious how crazy politics makes some of you people. And we all know you’re not going anywhere. You’ll be back.

    • keiths
      7:17 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

      Then just GTFO

    • RealCatsFan
      7:17 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

      The Republican party royally f’ed up by nominating that orange clown. They had several perfectly electable candidates who could have easily defeated Hillary, but no, you dumbasses had to bring in a 70 year old narcissist with the emotional maturity of a 4 year old. I am registered Independent, and this was a year that I was ready to vote for Republican if they had some reasonable ideas, but no, they had to give us this turd. Now we are left with NO good choices, and we are screwed.

    • BigBlueToo
      7:27 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

      Watch out for that doorknob.

    • UK Big Board Update
      10:28 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink


  16. catheaven
    7:26 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

    I have been fed up with ALL politicians for years. They are not interested in helping the people of this country. They are only interested in lining their own pockets and keeping their job forever so that they can continue to lie, steal, and cheat for personal gain. One candidate has done this for 30 or more years. One is not a politician. I think I’ll give him a try. “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

    • RealCatsFan
      7:38 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

      Trouble is, that “non politician” has been doing the exact same thing – lie, cheat and steal for persi al gain. If you really think he has the interest of the nation over personal gain and a power grab, I have some prime oceanfront property in Louisville I would like to sell you. THEY BOTH SUCK!!

    • UK Big Board Update
      10:29 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

      “He’s never played football before. I think I’ll give him a try starting at QB”

    • Al B. Frank
      9:52 am October 26, 2016 Permalink

      “… Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth … “

  17. BoogieDMC
    8:56 pm October 25, 2016 Permalink

    Why post anything political on here? Tyler, you should edit your post and delete your comment. This is a UK site and we all love UK. Let’s stay that way. We’re BBN, not a D or an R.

  18. Al B. Frank
    9:51 am October 26, 2016 Permalink

    I was hoping that KSR would be the one place that I could retreat to in hopes to avoid endless political garbage. I won’t call it debate or discussion, because neither side does that.

    I wish this site could remain focused on sports and refrain from interjecting political issues. The mere mention of either candidate is enough to make the entire comments section devolve into hatred and name-calling. Of course, this may be what you want… sure does evoke more comments.

  19. UKBlueGreen
    12:56 pm October 26, 2016 Permalink

    I’ve seen a few televised events with Coach Knight the last couple of years. He may be suffering from early onset of dementia. If not, he’s doing a good job faking. Of course, that doesn’t excuse his behavior toward his players.