Not only is that comment offensively and truly ridiculous, especially as new NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said that one of the top items on his agenda is to readress the "one and done" issue, it is also not the first time that Knight has gotten into hot water for use of the word rape. After all, Knight received a lot of criticism back in 1988 for telling NBC's Connie Chung this:
"I think if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it."ESPN did release a short statement on this issue, and it's below
ESPN, on Bob Knight's comment that the NBA has "raped" college basketball: "We spoke with him. ESPN regrets the use of the word.”But here we go again with Knight and the different rules afforded to him by the network, a topic I have discussed at length before. How many other analysts could essentially get away with what Knight said, with ESPN simply shrugging their shoulders and saying they wish another word was said?
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) March 25, 2014
We all know that Knight has a reputation for using colorful language, but at some point ESPN is going to have to stomp their feet and make some noise and say enough is enough. This, however, does not appear to be that time, at least not yet.
H/T Awful Announcing