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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."

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  1. Dego, most wrestling programs have to have fundraisers in order to survive. Football and/or basketball sucks up so much at most schools, the other athletic programs often struggle financially. If Edinboro can sell calendars with the beefcake, more power to them.

    As for breaking an NCAA rule...If Donahoe was on scholarship at NU, it almost certainly wasn't a full scholarship as Wrestling is what is called an equivalency sports and is limited to so few scholarships under NCAA rules that most schools don't give their wrestlers full scholarships in the interest of being able to give out partial scholarships to more students. Athletes on partial scholarships are allowed to be employed (under certain restrictions including hours per week). He obviously wasn't on full scholarship given he needed the money from the website shoot; however, almost certainly did not violate the work rules that he would have been restricted by. If he violated a rule it would be not disclosing the work to the school's NCAA compliance officer. If he had, I still find it highly probable they would have dismissed him though, but Donahoe would have better grounds for action against the university in that case.

    Posted by: Craig | Mar 18, 2009 12:03:54 PM

  2. He's an unlikely gay cult icon, but he wears it well.

    Posted by: oneway | Mar 18, 2009 12:07:51 PM

  3. Wow, I think this guy is great. Beauty and brains, oh, and class too.

    Posted by: David T | Mar 18, 2009 1:03:22 PM

  4. oh, and judging from that nekked pitcher, this boy has absolutely nothing to be ashamed about. i wonder if the guy knows we're talking about him. anyway, class act.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 18, 2009 3:22:50 PM

  5. Sounds like a sharp kid with a level head on his shoulders who makes a few good points -- especially the one about it being okay to drink and drive in the eyes of Nebraska's U heads, even though that's endangering people's lives, but it's not okay to show off your body. Typical two-faced crap from those who claim a right to determine what is and isn't right.

    Posted by: Kyle Sullivan | Mar 18, 2009 3:29:07 PM

  6. Calling people out on their hypocrisy and bullshit...I love him!

    It's awesome that all Nebraska managed to do was lose their best wrestler and call attention to their own stupidity and phoniness. Thank God this kid is still successful without those d-bags.

    Posted by: paul c | Mar 18, 2009 4:20:55 PM

  7. Nice attitude about it all. His gorgeousness is to die for really.

    Posted by: Donsnyc | Mar 18, 2009 4:41:28 PM


    Posted by: TANK | Mar 18, 2009 4:52:42 PM

  9. Whatever happened to Kenny Jordan, the other student athlete implicated in the scandal? Does it matter if he's not as talented as Mr. Donahoe?

    And yes, I'd like to echo that the "gay-for-pay" headline is definitely misleading.

    Posted by: Emmy | Mar 18, 2009 6:32:50 PM

  10. Guys like him make me so happy I was born after 1975. A lot of people around his age and younger feel it's ok to be gay. A new day is coming, just give it a few more years.

    Posted by: Billy | Mar 18, 2009 7:26:45 PM

  11. Bill, that's a good point, but the issue at hand is Paul Donahoe's response, which is extremely articulate and confident. I think he will do great things in his life.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | Mar 18, 2009 9:33:25 PM

  12. Perhaps, cornrow, the presidency!

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 18, 2009 9:48:11 PM

  13. I don't have any sympathy for "straight" men who do "Gay for Pay". Either be a part of our community or don't, but don't go running around on gay websites and then proclaim your heterosexuality as though being gay is something to be ashamed of and you were "Just doing it for the money" so that makes it ok. Asshole

    Posted by: Anonymous | Mar 18, 2009 9:49:18 PM

  14. CJ said: "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."

    I see what you did there.

    Posted by: Nick | Mar 19, 2009 12:04:57 AM

  15. now, NICK, don't make me go over there. going for the obvious, shame on you. i may have to bend you over my knee.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 19, 2009 2:27:56 AM

  16. The University of Nebraska football team is one of the most notorious for players being accused of assault and other charges, and nothing ever happens, the game goes on. make no mistake about it, this wasn't about "nudity" this was about "gay". Nebraska can tolerate assault, murder, robbery but "gay" must not show it's head, isn't bigotry sppppeeeeecccccial.

    Posted by: Fuzzy | Mar 19, 2009 8:42:52 AM

  17. Logical, reasoned, articulate, hot as Florida asphalt in July and a great wrestler to boot - what is happening to the youth in America today???

    Posted by: mcQLA | Mar 19, 2009 12:56:44 PM

  18. I agree with his comments about DUI and the dictotomy of his former school taking a stand against what he legally does on his own time.

    And Edinboro U. is a great school, although the weather change might make him homesick. The Lake-effect can really give you some snow and cold!

    Posted by: OncomingStorm | Mar 20, 2009 7:24:19 AM

  19. FYI...Paul will be wrestling in the finals this afternoon. I'm rooting for him to pick up his second championship medal.

    Posted by: jason8219 | Mar 21, 2009 2:53:57 PM

  20. I saw this story on the website. Obviously, I am gay. And what's the harm in what he did, straight or gay! He seems to be a remarkable man, and very cute too! He accepts people for who they are and this is a fantastic trait! You keep wrestling and show everyone YOU REALLY ARE NUMBER 1!! Beat all of your opponents!

    Posted by: btrmale | Mar 22, 2009 2:57:25 PM

  21. Re: 'broke the rules' - what NCAA rule? Can't a dude have an after-school job? Jeesh!

    Posted by: Grego | Mar 23, 2009 9:48:02 AM

  22. His persona apart from the eye candy video and photos rings with reasons why this kid deserves to move on from such injustice. And I am glad that he's got that inner strength to turn his situation around and still emerge as the winner. All the best, Paul!

    Posted by: Ron | Mar 27, 2009 11:29:13 AM

  23. "No gay, No pay". Why can't it be as simple as that? I don't think he deserves a cent for that video and all the trouble he's gotten into because of it is well-deserved.

    People should just stick to making porn with their own sexually-preferred partners. Heterosexuals are already trying to take away our basic rights, are we going to let them take over our adult films as well?

    Honestly people, pay attention to what you're watching. Even though most of these people are gay-friendly, or so they say, all they really care about is the money they're getting. It's not right.

    How often do we hear of GAY men/women doing STRAIGHT porn? I don't know about you, but I've never heard anything like this "scandal" in that sense.

    I say let Paul live the rest of his life the way it's going now and maybe he'll learn to stay out of our porn and go whack off for straight website.

    Posted by: Ethan | Apr 23, 2009 9:22:12 PM

  24. I think you are a guy with guts Paul. You ware and will be a great sportman!!!
    Amsterdam, Holland/ Bert

    Posted by: Bert | Apr 25, 2009 3:46:54 PM

  25. So yes, Paul seems very nice.

    Paul teaches wrestling camps to children.

    He seems to be smart enough to move on from this and try to get on with his life.

    However, now I hear that he's going to be doing a live show on Fratmen in June. This show was supposed to happen the last two weeks, but kept on getting cancelled as Fratmens owner raked in the bucks of new subscriptions to see Paul jerk off again.

    I think all the empathy for his situation will go away if he returns to porn. I hope he understands that being in a porn will follow you around for many years to come. It will affect a regular career. His relationships with co-workers, friends, associates, neighbors, once its discovered, will be affected.

    Posted by: Chrissypoo | May 20, 2009 6:27:55 PM

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