The Last Days of Knight, the newest “30 for 30” documentary that tells the story of how CNN’s Robert Abbott’s journalism led to Bob Knight’s firing as Indiana’s basketball coach, makes its television debut Thursday on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.
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The Last Days of Knight, per ESPNs synopsis, is “the previously untold behind-the-scenes story of CNN’s investigation into why high school All-Americans were leaving Indiana University men’s basketball coach Bob Knight’s program, and the subsequent fallout after the story broke.”
The investigation was that of Robert Abbott, the CNN and Sports Illustrated correspondent who, in March of 2000, broke the story that Knight had choked former Indiana guard Neil Reed during a practice three years earlier.
Knight vehemently denied the claims, but less than a month later, Abbott and CNN produced the videotape showing the famed head coach choking Reed. Indiana president Myles Brand soon thereafter adopted a “zero tolerance” policy, but when more accusations of Knight’s reckless behavior arose, Indiana was forced to fire him in September of 2000.
What makes this film so compelling, in addition to engrossing story, is that it’s directed and narrated by Abbott himself.
“As I dug through my old reporters’ notebooks and research, and began to take viewers on the journalistic journey that my boss Steve Robinson started me on 19 years ago, I was amazed at how much of the story had never been told before,” said Abbott. “Bob Knight was an extraordinary coach, a giant in the sport, and a hero in Indiana. The Last Days of Knight describes in detail how and why Knight’s storied career at Indiana ended the way it did. It also finally tells the story of why Neil Reed went public with me, and how that decision changed his life.”