College Wrestler-Cum-Porn Star’s Second Chance

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Paul Donahoe is not gay, but he knew he was stripping down for a gay audience when he posed for photos on Fratmen.TV, an adult website that purports to showcase real college guys. But when Donahoe and another University of Nebraska student, Kenny Jordan, were outed on campus as amateur porn stars, the reaction was anything but flattering — especially since “Nash” and “Cal” were wrestlers on Nebraska’s college team. The pair were kicked off the squad in August under the NCAA’s rules of disallowing college athletes from promoting themselves for commercial gain — a petty and pretty ridiculous conclusion that reeked of homophobia. Donahoe was kicked off campus, but he did have to donate his Fratmen.TV earnings to a nonprofit. But what he really wanted to do was wrestle again. And it makes sense: Donahoe was a national champion in his 125-pound weight class in 2007. So he was forced to transfer schools, lost class credit, delay his graduation, and of course, suffer public humiliation.

After sitting out a semester and transferring to Edinboro University, 5-foot-5 Donahoe is now wrestling again. He’s also a star athlete: He’s ranked No. 1 in the 125-pound class and is unbeaten (32-0) for the season.

And he’s unapologetic about what happened. “I didn’t do anything illegal,” he tells the Boston Globe. “I didn’t hurt anyone. I don’t think I did anything wrong. Who should I apologize to? … 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?” (Meanwhile, Donahoe’s Fratmen.TV photoshoot was pure solo fare.)

His new school seems to be backing him more than Nebraska ever did: “We’ve all made mistakes,” says Edinboro coach and 4-time Olympic wrestling medalist Bruce Baumgartner. “Not that I condone what he did, but there are players all across the country on college teams that actually have broken the law or harmed people that are still competing.”

“We decided we would give him an opportunity to get an education at Edinboro University while competing, hopefully, for another national championship. To me the graduation is more important than the title.”

So is there a double standard here? Is a college athlete stripping down for an adult site that terrible? “I believe it was unfair for Nebraska to dismiss me from the team, says Donahoe. “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.”

The link between the Fratmen.TV names and Donahoe and Jordan’s real identities were first reported by Nebraska gossip site The Scarlet Project. Since reporting the news, the site has been all but stagnant.

A possibly NSFW photo of Donahoe and Jordan follows.