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Step-Father of Alleged Victim Discusses Allegations Against Bob KnightAired September 8, 2000 - 2:54 p.m. ET
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LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: And now the latest a story that we have been giving you bits and pieces about. According to the University of Indiana spokesperson, a serious allegation has been leveled against the basketball coach there, Bobby Knight, who had been operating under a zero tolerance policy after a choking incident involving some of his basketball players a while back.
On the line with us from Nashville, Indiana is Mark Shaw, who is the step-father of the alleged victim. Mr. Shaw, all we have so far is that there has been a serious allegation, but we don't know what the allegation is about.
MARK SHAW, STEPFATHER OF ALLEGED VICTIM: Well, Lou, it's very disappointing. As a parent, yesterday, around 2:00, five boys, my triplet step-sons and two of their friends, were in Indiana University's Assembly Hall, exchanging coupons for football tickets.
When they began to leave the arena, Bob Knight was coming in the door. One of the boys, who is the most reserved really of the three, encountered Coach Knight and said to him, "Hey, Knight, what's up?" "Hey, Knight, what's up?"
For whatever reason, Bob Knight grabbed his right arm, above the elbow, by the muscle there so deliberately that, in fact, I saw where the skin had been torn away in two or three places last night. He yanked him around and kind of confronted him against a doorway, where Kent felt confined, and got right in his face, Lou, and started in with the usual expletives. The F-word and G-D, and of that is about lack of respect for calling him by the last name, and who did he think he was.
It was Mr. Knight. It was Coach Knight. Went on and on about disrespect. While, Kent, the boy in question, was just absolutely shocked.
After a brief period of time, he let Kent go. The other four boys were standing about 20 feet away. And if you can imagine the image there of the huge Bob Knight, you know, holding the arm of Kent. They were all shocked and, as Knight walked away, the boys left the Assembly Hall and that is when my step-son called me.
WATERS: We are watching some videotape here of Coach Knight, as he coached the Indiana basketball team. This videotape has nothing to do with what you are telling us. What seems to be the problem, do you think?
SHAW: Well, the situation here is we don't have a disgruntled athlete, we don't have anybody with an ax to grind. We have a young -- all of these boys, four of them were freshman at Indiana University and one of their friends in their first 10 days of school over there doing absolutely nothing wrong, getting their football tickets.
And for what reason, either Bob Knight had a bad morning, upset at somebody, whatever it may have been, but he decided to strike back at Kent, and I applaud Kent for his restraint in dealing with it. And you know, it is just hard to understand that kind of conduct. But I think even the most ardent Knight supporters will have a tough time with this one.
WATERS: How does this stand, now, Mr. Shaw. We understand there is a police investigation?
SHAW: Well, there is the university, Christopher Simpson (ph), they are handling this, I think, in a very good way. Christopher Simpson, the vice president over there, turned it over to their lawyer. She called me. We have set up a meeting at 5:00 for the boy's statements to be taken by campus police I guess 4:00.
And once those statement are made, then they will go back to the legal department and decide what action, if any, will be taken against the coach.
I called the coach myself this morning, as a parent; left a message since he was not there that I wanted to know why he would act like that. And what I am looking for is an apology to the five boys for his conduct. What the university ends up doing is up to them.
WATERS: And he hasn't called you back?
SHAW: No, he has not.
WATERS: All right, Mark Shaw, thank you very, sir, stepfather of an alleged victim of Coach Knight. You heard the story told there. That is the latest in the story that has been developing throughout the afternoon.
As you may know, back in May, Indiana University officials announced that they would monitor Coach Knight's behavior closely because of those allegations that he had been abusive to some of his basketball players. They announced they would have a zero tolerance policy with Knight. We don't know what the outcome of the police investigation will be.
We know what the allegations are now. The university will only say that they know there has been a complaint made, and they are investigating it to find out what Coach Knight's role is. They said they hope to find out more this afternoon. We can only imagine they are finding out as much as we are. We will follow the story. There will be much more to come.
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