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Ohio State Fires Hamm After Arrest
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2004 Olympic all-around champion Paul Hamm has lost his job as assistant coach at Ohio State University, following his arrest Saturday for an alleged assault on a taxi driver. An intoxicated Hamm was videotaped threatening to kill the police. "We have high standards for our coaching staff and unfortunately Mr. Hamm failed to meet those standards,"

Hamm was hired this past summer under new head coach Rustam Sharipov.

"After meeting with Coach Sharipov and considering his recommendations, Paul Hamm has been terminated as an assistant coach with the Ohio State men's gymnastics team, effective immediately," Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement. "We have high standards for our coaching staff and unfortunately Mr. Hamm failed to meet those standards."

Hamm, who turns 29 later this month, had previously stated he plans to return to competition in 2012. He is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 15 on misdemeanor assault, criminal damage and failure to pay for a service.

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kac102 said:

Wow. Not surprising, considering he is a role model for the gymnasts on the team, and he represents Ohio State at all times, on and off the gym floor. What a fall from grace.

I am trying to feel badly for him, but he brought it on himself.
September 11, 2011
Votes: +5

mackie80 said:

Bummer for Paul. He's definitely the last person about whom I expected to see an article like this be written. Seems totally out of character. I believe OSU made the right decsion, but just goes to show how one poor choice can have a huge effect on a person's life. I sincerely hope this drives him to be a better athlete and work harder to do well in London. Hopefully he can get his life together, regain his reputation, and become a respected coach one day.
October 03, 2011
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