More details released regarding FBI’s investigation of Bobby Knight
Former Indiana coach Bobby Knight is coming under more scrutiny on Monday night as Deadspin released further evidence of sexual harassment allegations that occurred when the Hall of Famer gave a speech at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in July 2015.
The newly-released documents, which Deadspin obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, detail some of the disturbing behavior that Knight was accused of during the visit. The Washington Post originally released a thoroughly-reported investigation of Knight’s visit to the agency earlier in July that detailed four women coming forward with sexual harassment claims.
The FBI even investigated the claims before closing the case in July 2016, as no charges were brought down from the allegations.
In the new report from Deadspin, we get even more details surrounding the allegations as five women claim that Knight either touched them inappropriately or said things that made them uncomfortable.
Two women claim that Knight touched their buttocks, another woman said that Knight slid his hands along her hips and yet another said that Knight massaged her shoulders after getting in the agency’s vehicle upon being picked up from a train station. Knight also hugged one female employee around the shoulder during a photo and “continued to hug her as they walked away.” An attempt for a second hug with the woman from Knight was later rebuffed.
Knight also allegedly made multiple remarks that made female agency members uncomfortable, including comments about how one woman walked in heels.
Besides for the claims of sexual harassment, Knight also drew some controversy for his remarks at a deaf man, calling him “uncoachable” when he wouldn’t stand after being directed to do so. While Knight likely didn’t realize the man was deaf, according to the NGA report, it made for one of many cringe-worthy moments on the visit.
You can read the full details from the NGA’s report in the Deadspin report from Emma Baccellieri here.
No stranger to controversy during his storied coaching career, Knight has been in the news quite a bit over the last year for issues not pertaining to basketball. This spring, Knight went on the Dan Patrick Show and said that he wished that all Indiana administrators were dead. Knight was also accused of abuse by a former player in a book last fall.