Four women who worked at a USA government spy agency alleged that Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight touched them inappropriately in brief encounters before and after a speech he gave in July 2015, The Washington Post reported Friday, citing investigative documents and interviews with more than a dozen officials from the agency.
The freakish decision to invite Bobby Knight to deliver a lecture at a USA spy agency appears to have backfired in staggering fashion.
The FBI investigated Knight for a year culminating with a July 2016 interview at his Montana home, the Post reported. "Case closed", his wife, Karen Knight, wrote in a text message to the Washington Post.
"They obviously interviewed all the individuals who made the allegations and found no credible evidence to support the allegations".
NGA director Robert Cardillo, who has a relationship with Knight dating back to the coach's West Point days, came under heavy criticism from within the government agency for even offering the speaking opportunity to the coach.
A fourth woman told The Post that Knight smacked her on the buttocks after his speech. Knight was waiting backstage with the NGA official who had witnessed the incident at the entrance, documents show.
The Post reports that one of the women accused Knight of "putting his hands on the sides of her chest and lifting her off the ground".
Army investigators initially handled the probe but later handed it over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation because Knight was a civilian, the newspaper reported, citing unnamed law enforcement officials.
Knight, 76, denied the accusations and prosecutors did not bring charges against him.
"Bob did nothing wrong and there is NO evidence to prove that he did".
Knight was sacked by IN in 2000 after 29 seasons amid repeated issues of bullying, including choking a player and throwing a chair during a game.