Nicknamed “The General,” Bobby Knight was arguably one of the most notorious and highly respected coaches in the world of sports during his 30+ year career.
We’re talking about the man that made Michael Jordan cry and that once pulled up to a NCAA practice with a shotgun.
Bobby Knight was absolutely insane, but his record setting wins definitely overshadowed his unorthodox coaching practices.
One of Knight’s former players at Indiana from the 1987 Hoosier championship team, Todd Jadlow, revealed that Knight would grab players by their family jewels to test their mental stamina during practice. Yikes.
Sadly, this isn’t the only cringeworthy thing that went down over the years.
In Jadlow’s new book, Jadlow: On The Rebound, the former power forward opens up about a series of horrifyingly abusive “discipline” tactics.
Knight saw no limits to his coaching method, Jadlow explains in the clip below.
Here’s a breakdown of the allegations from Jadlow’s book:
- Knight had a habit of grabbing players’ testicles and squeezing them really hard.
- Knight punched Jadlow in the back of the head when they did a walkthrough practice before an NCAA Tournament game versus Seton Hall.
- In a 1989 game against Louisville, Knight smashed a clipboard over Jadlow’s dome.
Following an NIT game in New York City, Knight furiously dug his hands Jadlow’s sides to the point that he left bruises, and has a picture to show the alleged bruises.
- Knight often called former player Daryl Thomas a “(bleeping) p***y ” and had once ordered the team managers to decorate Thomas’ locker with photos of female genitalia. To add, Knight found it tongue-in-check to hurl tampons at Thomas, who Jadlow claims was by far Knight’s whipping boy who got it the worst compared to his teammates.
- Following a loss their memorable loss to Cleveland State in the 1986 NCAA Tournament, Knight destroyed the plane and uncontrollably grabbed and shook Thomas by the neck.
- Knight made Dean Garrett and Keith Smart to run sprints for several hours of sprints while barking like dogs because he said they were “playing like (bleeping) dogs.”