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‘Crotch grab’ led to Badger official’s post-Rose Bowl resignation

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In the days following Wisconsin’s Rose Bowl loss to Oregon, rumors were swirling that something inappropriate involving a UW official and a student had occurred on the California trip.  On Jan. 6, associate athletic director John Chadima was placed on administrative leave for unspecified misconduct and subsequently resigned later that same day.

Now, unfortunately, we know the rest of the story.

In a report released by the university very late Tuesday night, the school acknowledged that Chadima had made unwanted sexual advances toward an unnamed male student employee during a party prior to the Rose Bowl.  According to an investigative panel formed by the school to look into the incident, upwards of 30 people attended a party Dec. 30 thrown by Chadima in his California hotel suite.  At some point very early in the morning of Dec. 31, Chadima and the male — identified as “John Doe” in the report — were the only individuals left in the suite.

After everyone else had had vacated the premises, the two decided to have some additional rum-based beverages.  And then Chadima alone decided to grab the man’s crotch.

Seated at a corner table Chadima told Doe he and other student employees “thought [Doe] might be gay.” Doe told investigators he watched in shock as Chadima then removed Doe’s belt and put his hand down Doe’s pants, touching his genitals.

After Doe slapped Chadima’s hand away, Chadima allegedly retorted, “I thought you liked it,” asked, “What are you going to do about it?” and told Doe, “I could have you fired.”

Soon after, Doe told supervisors about the incident, but said he did not want them to take immediate action out of fear of disrupting the football team’s Rose Bowl preparations.

The student employee informed his immediate supervisor at 3:15 a.m. of the incident, which ultimately prompted an investigation that included interviews of 23 individuals.

Additionally, the investigation uncovered text messages from Chadima to another student employee, the Daily Cardinal wrote, “in which Chadima demanded the student come to his hotel suite and threatened to fire him if he did not comply.”

In a statement released by Chadima, the ex-UW official blamed alcohol for the incidents that led to the end of his career at the school.

“I make no excuses and have come to the realization that over the past few months, alcohol had controlled and consumed my life,” Chadima said in the statement. “I am taking steps to correct that problem in my life at this time. I take full responsibility for my lack of judgment and actions that evening.”

Interim UW chancellor David Ward released his own statement alongside the report.

“Throughout this process, it was my intent to provide the highest level of transparency possible without compromising the integrity of the process,” Ward said. “We care deeply for the welfare of the individual, who is an adult, and who brought this issue to our attention. We also appreciate the efforts of those who responded in accordance with our reporting processes and procedures.”

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13 Responses to “‘Crotch grab’ led to Badger official’s post-Rose Bowl resignation”
  1. killerstiller says: Jan 25, 2012 8:23 AM

    I guess he’s the “Bologna Badger”!

  2. drummerhoff says: Jan 25, 2012 8:24 AM

    What happens in Pasadena, stays in Pasadena.

  3. vincentbojackson says: Jan 25, 2012 8:46 AM

    Jerry Sandusky and Bernie Fine think John Chadima needs some help.

  4. LogicalConsideration says: Jan 25, 2012 8:53 AM

    It’s always “the alcohol was to blame” excuse, isn’t it?

  5. lemmam says: Jan 25, 2012 9:02 AM

    Chadima is a sick S.O.B. It’s bad enough he grabbed the guys crotch, but then he threatens the kid with getting fired. Someone needs to punch that idiot Chadima in the nose

  6. philliesblow says: Jan 25, 2012 10:44 AM

    lemmam says:
    Jan 25, 2012 9:02 AM
    Chadima is a sick S.O.B. It’s bad enough he grabbed the guys crotch, but then he threatens the kid with getting fired. Someone needs to punch that idiot Chadima in the nose

    I think that punch needs to be about 2 feet lower.

  7. lovesmesomeme says: Jan 25, 2012 12:19 PM

    Who among us hasn’t gotten liquored up and pulled a stunt like that? If i had a dime for every time I did that i would be a rich man…

  8. hawker1 says: Jan 25, 2012 12:30 PM

    lovesmesomeme, I hope you tried to hit the sarcasm key, or are at least kidding. I’ve NEVER gotten that drunk, don’t want to ever get that drunk, can’t imagine getting that drunk, don’t even know anyone who would ever let drunkenness control them like that. Rich on dimes?! Damn, you must be a sick bahstahd, too! In Vino Veritas.

  9. onlinedoc says: Jan 25, 2012 1:01 PM

    It is never appropriate, regardless of the gender of both parties, to make an unwanted physical gesture such as this. The alcohol gave him the courage to behave poorly but it is no excuse.

  10. normtide says: Jan 25, 2012 1:19 PM

    All the complaints about the SEC over signing and all the claims we cheat…… please, clean up your own backyards. Your problems dwarf ours.

  11. guinsrule says: Jan 25, 2012 2:12 PM

    Read the headline and thought it was another Bama fan story.

  12. cubano76 says: Jan 25, 2012 2:40 PM

    Just WAY too many wee wee’s and wobblies being touch these days! WTH?

  13. sirensongwoman says: Jan 26, 2012 12:10 AM

    Dear Bret Bielema,

    Remember what they say about people in glass houses throwing stones?

    Word of advice: In the future, before (repeatedly) popping off your mouth about the goings on in OTHER programs, perhaps you should make sure you know what’s going on in your own. One would think you’d have more than enough to keep you busy besides obsessing over Ohio State. It’s just so weird and creepy, not unlike your staff.

    – A Buckeye

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