Weighing in on the concept of “one-and-done” college players Knight said if he was involved in the NBA he wouldn’t want a “19 year-old or 20-year kid”. He added that he would want a much more mature kid.
Then Knight went over-the-top as only he can.
“But I think that, on top of it all, the NBA does a tremendous, a gigantic disservice to college basketball. It’s as though they’ve raped college basketball, in my opinion.”
Rape is a serious crime and shouldn’t be thrown around just to make a statement stronger. It is disrespectful for actual victims of rape.
Now onto the “disservice” the NBA is doing to college basketball. First, the NBA doesn’t owe college basketball anything and vice versa. College basketball is seen as a grooming ground for the NBA/professional basketball though it is not a minor league system and can’t be because of the way college sports are run.
Second of all, it is every student-athlete right to pursue a profession of their own accord and at the pleasure of the athlete.
If anything, it is the million-dollar enterprise that is college basketball that are doing a disservice to the student athletes. Coaches, individual institutions and the NCAA makes millions off of the sporting events while they offer the athletes a scholarship that is guaranteed for just a single season.
This isn’t the first time Knight has been under fire for using the rape term where t is inappropriate. Back in 1988, Knight, when discussing stress, he told Connie Chung in an interview: “I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it.”