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Bob Knight: ‘It’s as though [the NBA has] raped college basketball’

Mar 25, 2014, 10:02 AM EDT

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ESPN broadcaster and former Indiana head coach Bob Knight appeared on the ‘Mike and Mike’ radio show this morning and, while discussing one-and-done players, said the following: “It’s as though [the NBA] raped college basketball.”


Here’s the entire quote. I’m not even sure it’s possible for a rape reference to be taken out of context, but this certainly wasn’t. It’s as bad as it seems:

“If I were involved with the NBA I wouldn’t want a 19-year-old or a 20-year-old kid, to bring into all the travel and all the problems that exist in the NBA. I would want a much more mature kid. I would want a kid that maybe I’ve been watching on another team and now he’s 21, 22 years old instead of 18 or 19, and I might trade for that kid.”

“On top of it all, the NBA does a tremendous, gigantic disservice to college basketball. It’s as though they’ve raped college basketball in my opinion.”

“Major League Baseball has the best idea of all. Three years before they’ll take a kid out of college, then they have a minor league system that they put the kids in. I’m sure that if the NBA followed the same thing, there would be a lot of kids in a minor league system that still were not good enough to play in the major NBA.”

This isn’t Knight’s first run-in with that word.

26 years ago, during an interview with Connie Chung, Knight said, “I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it.”

(h/t Sporting News)

  1. sportsbastard - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Bob is smart at basketball, but very dumb at real life. Let’s hope this costs him his ESPN gig.

  2. sportsfan18 - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:38 AM


    You’re correct in that Mr. Knight made his point in a bad way. I don’t agree with how he did it either.

    But, he was still making a point about the state of the college game today.

    You could have, in addition to addressing his rape comment, addressed his larger point and discussed whether there is any merit to what he was saying and what your opinion of it was.

    I understand sound bites and all, but just because the man chose a dumb word and analogy while making his point, there was still a larger issue to what he said.

    Do you have any input as to his larger point to share with us sir? I think most basketball fans would care more about his larger issue as it is real vs. him choosing a lousy word and way to express himself.

    I’d figure other news sites to jump on that aspect of what he said and a basketball site to discuss at least SOME of the basketball issue he mentioned…

    Thank you

  3. iowahbr - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    someone Tell Mr. Knight with head coaches making 2 or 3 mil per year surrounded by 4 or 5 suits making 250,000 per year that there was not much left that wasn’t about money to begin with and for all his chair throwing work I’ll bet there are at least 8 zeros to the left of the decimal on his bank balance.. Now he wants to lay into the NBA when any issue with college sports is spelled
    M O N E Y?

    Oh hypocrisy how do you spell thy name?

  4. zerohandicapper - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Look up the definition of rape before you start crying.

  5. 6stn - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Make freshmen ineligible.

  6. brookwell2013 - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Knight has always been a knucklehead……a coach who achieved great results but still a knucklehead……if he thinks the NBA is taking advantage of college basketball players going into the league at too young an age, what does he think the NCAA does to those same kids??? We all know the deal, they make billions on these kids and then throw them away……come on Bobby, zip it!

    • adslubec - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      rape = to seize, take, or carry off by force acoording to Webster’s.

      Why does everyone jump to the sexual definition?

  7. musketmaniac - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    lol, rape really bob. that’s as bad as the N.F.L going to WAR. Knights last game a loss to my mountaineers.

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