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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. I really like the guy and i wish him luck with his wrestling career ... but come on the guy is obviously gay or at least bisexual ... which straight guy would go pose for a gay website even if its for the money come on ... he's hiding it cuz he's trying to save his wrestling career ... that's it ... but deep inside the guy is obviously gay or maybe bisexual ... he will come out i'm sure after the end of his career ... but good luck man ... come out and you'll see paul ... you feel much better and people will accept you maybe it will take time but the faster you come out of the closet ... the faster people will accept you and you'll feel much better ;) take care Paul ! ! !

    Posted by: Wassup | May 31, 2009 1:13:45 AM

  2. ETHAN, I so agree.

    Posted by: nikko | May 26, 2010 1:44:16 PM

  3. Another case of injustice toward gays in America, even if they are "straight" so what if they make a few bucks posing nude for a gay site. They need money for college and if I had a body like theirs I would pose for money too and it is not a crime so I am with the kids, let them off the hook, they did nothing wrong. I am sure God will forgive them. However the anti-gay Christians are most likely behind this one too, you know the ones who look at gay porn to make sure the young people are protected;)

    Posted by: Trey | Nov 28, 2012 1:48:58 AM

  4. Good luck to him and more power to his elbow: what a mature stance.

    Posted by: Mundus | Nov 29, 2012 5:14:21 PM

  5. I only have to wonder where were people trolling to find info about another person? That says a lot about them personally. Perhaps we need to be more inquisitive about those that throw stones. I wager they've a lot to hide.

    Posted by: Michael | Dec 7, 2012 10:07:14 AM

  6. Keep strong paul..whatever you do you still have people supporting you

    Posted by: xander | Jan 6, 2013 7:39:05 AM

  7. Good article, great sounding guy, hope he gets to pin lots of Nebraska wrestlers and makes the coaches cringe at their screw up of letting him go. And Paul got lucky, for whatever the reason, to get the heck out of dreary boring Nebraska.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 11, 2013 12:07:50 AM

  8. More power to you Paul Donohoe! And this is coming from the other side of the world (Asia). If Nebraska, population 2 million, was offended by your video, Asia, population 2 BILLION, was not! Video clips of your wrestling matches have become collectible, too!

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Mar 24, 2013 9:49:53 PM

  9. I am glad that he is doing well. He seems like a wholesome young man.

    Posted by: andrew | Mar 26, 2013 11:03:15 PM

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