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Bobby Knight's mouth is getting him in trouble again.
During a Tuesday morning appearance on ESPN's "Mike and Mike" radio show, the former Indiana coach and current ESPN analyst said it was as though the NBA has "raped" college basketball.
The response came after the 73-year-old Knight was asked whether freshman stars like Andrew Wiggins of Kansas or Jabari Parker of Duke would be ready for the NBA if they chose to enter the draft after just one season of college ball.
Here's Knight's response in full:
"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."
Knight was not asked a followup question, nor did the hosts address any part of the comment.
Knight is a blowhard, but he'a also a smart man. One would think he learned his lesson about that word after the firestorm he caused in 1988. That's when he told Connie Chung in a national documentary that if "rape was inevitable, relax and enjoy it." It's still sadly one of the quotes most often attributed to the three-time national championship coach.
Knight defended his comment in 1988 by saying it was taken out of context and that there are several definitions of the word 'rape.' The latter part may be true and it may be more applicable in a defense of his 2014 comment.
Even still, Knight displays either a stunning amount of ignorance or stubbornness in choosing to use it again in a public forum. The first definition of the word is so powerful that using the secondary meaning should be done with the utmost care and thought.
It certainly shouldn't be used in the context of basketball politics, especially when so many other words — destroyed? damaged? ruined? — would have sufficed.
h/t: The Sporting News
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