Rutgers Coach Mike Rice Kicked, Shoved & Threw Balls at Players in Practice [Video]
Rucuss staffApril 2, 2013
Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice was suspended three games and fined $50,000 in December after the school’s athletic director saw video of him abusing his players in practice.
Now that video of Rice’s behavior has surfaced. ESPN’s Outside the Lines obtained video of Rice’s conduct in practice and it shows him kicking, shoving, and throwing balls at players. He also verbally abused players. Former director of player development Eric Murdock claims Rice called them “fa–ots,” “mother—-ers,” “pu–ies,” “sissy b-tches,” and “c—-.”
Murdock alleges he was fired by the school in July because he complained about Rice’s behavior. He intends to sue the school for wrongful termination.
Rutgers is moving to the Big Ten next season and Rice, who will be back next season, will be in the final season of his contract. Rice is 44-51 in three seasons at Rutgers.
Now that video of Rice’s horrific behavior has surfaced, many are urging the school to fire him. But that is highly unlikely. Rice had to undergo sensitivity training as part of his punishment for the video. There was also a stipulation that his practices would be monitored by someone outside the team.
UPDATE: Rice was fired on Wednesday.
ABC News caught up with Rice a few hours after his firing, and he appeared to be fighting back tears as he offered an apology.
“I stated three months ago after I watched the video how deeply regrettable those actions (were),” Rice said. “I also stated I was going to work on changing and I think I’ve accomplished a lot of that. I can’t say anything right now except I’m sorry. There will never be a time where I’m going to use any of that as an excuse.”
Rice continued, “I’ve let so many people down — my players, my administration, Rutgers University, the fans. My family, who’s just sitting in their house huddled around because of the fact that their father was an embarrassment to them. It’s trouble but I will, in some time, maybe try to explain it. But right now there’s no explanation for what’s on those films because their is no excuse for it.
“I was wrong. I want to tell everyone who has believed in me that I’m deeply sorry for the pain and hardship that I’ve caused.”
Watch footage of Rice abusing his players below.
Photo via ESPN
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