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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 3:22 pm

IU medical staff defends Knight against book's claims

Chris Goff | The Journal Gazette

Amid new claims of abuse against former Indiana coach Bob Knight, the Hoosiers’ core medical staffers have come to a strong defense of Knight.

Todd Jadlow, a center who averaged 10.6 points for IU in the 1988-89 season, alleged in a recently released book that Knight abused him that season.

Four longtime members of the Hoosiers’ medical staff, in a letter printed in The Herald-Times and IndyStar, said the book is “far beyond the truth.”

Team trainer Tim Garl, team physician Larry Rink and orthopedic surgeon Steve Ahlfeld, all current members of the Hoosiers’ staff and all veterans of more than three decades with the program, are signatories, along with former team physician Brad Bomba.

“We are deeply saddened for Bob Knight that such false accusations and baseless claims would be allowed to be printed,” the letter said. “All basketball players had access to at least one of us 24 hours (per) day, 365 days (per) year.

“Bob always motivated us to become better people, physicians and caregivers. No player came to us concerned about physical abuse by any of the coaches or Bob Knight while we worked with him.”

“Jadlow: On The Rebound” is a personal memoir about his struggles with alcohol and drugs but includes accounts of Knight punching Jadlow in the back of the head and grabbing his groin muscle on the bench.

Knight coached Indiana for 29 seasons before being fired in 2000 following a confrontation with an IU student.