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Paul Donahoe on Gay-for-Pay Videos and a Return to Wrestling

Paul Donahoe, the nationally-ranked wrestler who with another teammate was dismissed by the University of Nebraska wrestling team after being discovered on a gay porn site last August, transferred to Edinboro University and is now again ranked #1 in his weight class nationally.

Donahoe talked to the Boston Globe about the scandal and its repercussions:

Donahoe "It was very stressful. It was two weeks before school started. I didn't do anything illegal. I didn't hurt anyone. I don't think I did anything wrong. Who should I apologize to? Being dismissed motivated me a little bit. I'm a competitive person. But, realistically, 32-0 doesn't matter. The regular season is just preparation for the NCAA...They obviously gave me a second chance to wrestle again. I'm thankful for that. It's everything to me. I think the new coaches and new workout partners really helped me.

"I am straight, but on the forums people make a lot of gay jokes about me. I'm not too concerned. They can talk about me all they want, it doesn't matter. If a guy wants to be with a guy, who cares?

"Obviously, I did it for the money. We kept thinking no one would ever find out because it was a gay website and we really wanted that money. They left me a lot of messages, so I thought, 'What the heck?' People do worse for money, so... They were supposed to cover [the tattoo on his left thigh that says 'wrestling'] up but obviously they left it. Gay kids in Lincoln [Neb.] wrote, 'Hey, nice website. I saw you.' I wrote back, 'Don't tell anyone,' but with word of mouth, people found out. I believe it was unfair for Nebraska to dismiss me from the team. For one, there's plenty of athletes throughout the University of Nebraska who have had DUIs and who have been in fights and are still playing. But I guess that's OK. Posing nude, I guess, is worse than someone drinking and driving and risking someone's life, in their eyes."

Previously...
Nationally Ranked Nebraska Wrestlers Pinned on Gay Porn Site [tr]

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  1. He should find a suitably sleazy lawyer and sue the ass off U Nebraska. They'd settle.

    Posted by: Clay | Mar 18, 2009 9:41:36 AM


  2. Sounds like a good kid.

    Posted by: Pender | Mar 18, 2009 9:46:30 AM


  3. I agree Pender. Where most people would fall apart from it all, he held his own, kept a good head on his shoulders and in the end came out on top.

    Posted by: CJ | Mar 18, 2009 9:49:41 AM


  4. It's good that he's doing well.

    Posted by: John | Mar 18, 2009 10:13:38 AM


  5. And being from western PA, I'm glad to hear that it was a local college that looked beyond the "scandal" and towards his abilities and took him on.

    Of course, edinboro wrestling has a history of trading off their wrestlers' good looks and physiques for profits. I don't know if they still do, but they used to yearly produce a calendar of the team shirtless in kilts as a fund raiser. somewhere I have a copy.. maybe I'll scan it and send it along to Andy...

    Posted by: dego | Mar 18, 2009 10:17:24 AM


  6. Sounds like a smart, confident guy..glad to see he's rebounding and I hope he has the chance to defeat as many Nebraska wrestlers as possible.

    Posted by: Glenn | Mar 18, 2009 10:20:59 AM


  7. I agree with him, it is stupid and he should not have been kicked off the team. I am from Nebraska, and many, many teens/people in their early 20's do have DUI's (not everyone, but a lot more than you would expect on average). "Nerbaskan values" are screwed up. I'm guessing there would have been less of an uproar if it was on a straight porn site, too.

    Posted by: Ugh | Mar 18, 2009 10:24:05 AM


  8. That was a remarkably mature way of looking at it. I mean yeah, not a lot of people understand it, but he didn't do anything wrong, and his actions didn't hurt anyone. Wonder if the school would have gone all super-totally-apeshit if they were doing straight porn?

    Posted by: Jeremy Feist | Mar 18, 2009 10:25:33 AM


  9. I'm glad to hear things have turned out well for him. He sounds like a great guy. Good luck Paul.

    Posted by: dm | Mar 18, 2009 10:28:54 AM


  10. kids like him give me hope for the future. great attitude.

    Posted by: bostonbeardad | Mar 18, 2009 10:30:58 AM


  11. Wow. Spot on interview! Good for him! And yes . . . DUI vs. gay porn? Really not a comparison. One is totally irresponsible and the other is . . . well, it's making some people happy :)

    But I do want to impose a moratorium on the word heck. Please! Can we?

    Posted by: Alex | Mar 18, 2009 10:31:24 AM


  12. "...there's plenty of athletes throughout the University of Nebraska who have had DUIs and who have been in fights and are still playing. But I guess that's OK. Posing nude, I guess, is worse than someone drinking and driving and risking someone's life, in their eyes."


    Excellent point

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Mar 18, 2009 10:33:57 AM


  13. wow - this guy is so mature and articulate - we need more straight allies like this! It doesn't hurt that he's cuter than a box of puppies, either.

    Posted by: bozemanmontana | Mar 18, 2009 10:34:51 AM


  14. Clay, How can they sue the University of Nebraska? He broke a NCAA rule. If he would of done the porn for free, I think you would have a case.
    I am glad the NCAA and another university is giving him a second chance.

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 18, 2009 10:38:28 AM


  15. Wow. Smart kid.

    Glad he's doing well.

    Posted by: sam | Mar 18, 2009 10:39:16 AM


  16. Paul is a lot more wise than people older than he. besides, he's cute as a button. you go, boy!

    Posted by: nic | Mar 18, 2009 10:40:24 AM


  17. Andy, I love your site, but once again you create your own headline that is dishonest with the truth of the story. He was never "gay-for-pay"... the video merely has him jacking off by himself for the camera. And the source that you link to for the story (the Boston Glove) is an honest enough news source not to call it that. You should know better.

    Posted by: Robert | Mar 18, 2009 10:50:43 AM


  18. I like him. He's completely right about everything he states, and I wish him much success.

    Posted by: Rafael | Mar 18, 2009 10:53:07 AM


  19. Wow! My hero! Lol all kiddin aside, his situation is a perfect example of the hipocracy we live under, where a drunk driver poses no threat, and a person posing nude is an abomination, sad but true! And i agree, he should sue that university!

    Posted by: Ventura79 | Mar 18, 2009 11:09:00 AM


  20. Wow! My hero! Lol all kiddin aside, his situation is a perfect example of the hipocracy we live under, where a drunk driver poses no threat, and a person posing nude is an abomination, sad but true! And i agree, he should sue that university!

    Posted by: Ventura79 | Mar 18, 2009 11:11:12 AM


  21. The ancient Greeks had it right....wrestle naked!

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | Mar 18, 2009 11:28:08 AM


  22. Cute, articulate, thoughtful, smart, AND athletic...*sigh*. Life isn't fair. Oh well, at least he has no problem showing us his wang every once in a while. WIN. I hope he has lots of babies and improves the gene pool a little bit. Maybe one of them will turn out gay >:-) Much success, Paul!

    Posted by: clint | Mar 18, 2009 11:28:39 AM


  23. This kid has self-awareness, sensitivity and class. Good for him for standing up for himself.

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Mar 18, 2009 11:33:26 AM


  24. I agree with every word.

    Good for him for making lemonade out of all this. Success really is the best revenge.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Mar 18, 2009 11:45:00 AM


  25. What if Paul Donahoe was actually gay? Would he be given a second chance? Would the coaches and teammates actually want to work with him?

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 18, 2009 11:45:11 AM


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