Ohio State Fires Olympic Gold Medalist Paul Hamm from Gymnastics Coaching Job After Arrest
Ohio State University cannot afford to have another scandal on its hands, and thus has decided to fire Olympic champion Paul Hamm from his position as an assistant gymnastics coach at the school following his arrest on assault charges. OSU says that Hamm, 28, failed to meet the "high standards" the university has for its coaches.
OSU athletic director Gene Smith said on Friday that the termination is effective immediately. Hamm had been coaching with the Buckeyes since June.
On Saturday, Hamm was charged with assault and two additional misdemeanors after being accused of hitting and kicking a taxi driver in the suburbs of Columbus. He damaged a cab window and refused to pay a $23 cab fare. Upper Arlington police captured video of Hamm telling them that he'd had about eight drinks. He is currently free on bond pending an arraignment Thursday.