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Alarming video has Rutgers coach under fire

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07:51 AM ET 04.03 | If the tape doesn't lie, what will it tell Rutgers? In a video shown Tuesday on ESPN, the Rutgers men's basketball coach, Mike Rice, is seen yelling homophobic slurs at his players, kicking them, grabbing them and shoving them. He also throws basketballs at their legs, their heads and their bodies from point-blank range -- as if he were playing dodge ball. The footage, taken at practices from 2010 to 2012, went viral Tuesday, putting Rice under scrutiny. In December, after seeing the video, Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti fined Rice $50,000 and suspended him for three games. He offered little elaboration. Messages left for Rice on Tuesday were not returned, and efforts to contact Pernetti were unsuccessful.

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April 3, 2013  08:17 AM ET

If Mike Rice did ANY OF THIS to a child of mine, the headline would be about how the parent of one of his players unmercifully beat his *** in front of the entire Rutgers mens's basketball team.

April 3, 2013  08:19 AM ET

Athletic Director Tim Pernetti should fire Mike Rice immediately and then resign himself. If Pernetti is truly concerned about the reputation of the University (as he stated in another article) and the student athletes at Rutgers, this is really the best option for the University.

April 3, 2013  08:22 AM ET

So someone started taking video of this bad behavior in 2010 and waited 3 years until 2013 to show it to anybody. WHY the wait???

April 3, 2013  08:22 AM ET

Totally unacceptable behavior that should have resulted in his immediate dismissal.

April 3, 2013  08:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

So someone started taking video of this bad behavior in 2010 and waited 3 years until 2013 to show it to anybody. WHY the wait???

That's what I was thinking? This guy should have been gone a long time ago.

April 3, 2013  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

If Mike Rice did ANY OF THIS to a child of mine, the headline would be about how the parent of one of his players unmercifully beat his *** in front of the entire Rutgers mens's basketball team.

Craig James is that you?

April 3, 2013  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That's what I was thinking? This guy should have been gone a long time ago.

The articles says that the contract of a former Rutgers director of player personnel who complied the video wasn't renewed after he reported the bad actions last summer then he showed the video to Rutger's AD in November which resulted in the 3 game suspension for Rice.

So Rutgers basicly fired the messenger and not the coach resposnible for the misconduct!

That's F'd up!!!!!!!

April 3, 2013  08:51 AM ET
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Craig James is that you?

Nah, Craig's wittle boy just got sent to the shade and got his wittle feelings hurt...didn't get hit, grabbed or have a ball thrown at him.

April 3, 2013  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Craig James is that you?

This is much more egregious.

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April 3, 2013  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

The articles says that the contract of a former Rutgers director of player personnel who complied the video wasn't renewed after he reported the bad actions last summer then he showed the video to Rutger's AD in November which resulted in the 3 game suspension for Rice.So Rutgers basicly fired the messenger and not the coach resposnible for the misconduct!

Personally, I think the coach should be fired along with the AD. If the Rutgers president knew anything about it, he should be gone too. None of them should get any severance of backroom deals either. Gone.

As far as the assistant that was let go, I was curious about that. Maybe he was saving that as some sort of insurance policy but if he was so upset about it, why not report it right away. He was let go in July of last year and he just announced he is suing the university. So why wouldn't he announce he was suing them after he was let go...or right after they announced his suspension. He only announced it after that video was made public. Sounds like he's counting on the court of public opinion to win his case.

If the guy was fired because he blew the whistle then Rutgers deserves to get sued. I'm just curious about the timing of the whole thing. Does anyone else find that strange?

April 3, 2013  09:11 AM ET
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AD and HC need to be fired..And both need their **** whipped by any of the parents

Every player could probably whip his butt if they were just turned loose.

April 3, 2013  09:13 AM ET

It should tell them "Your coach sucks!!!!" Hell, at least Bob Knight won.

April 3, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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It should tell them "Your coach sucks!!!!" Hell, at least Bob Knight won.

Like the Avi, JK....nice tribute, even though I miss the eye-candy

April 3, 2013  09:33 AM ET

OK. I went to youtube to see it for myself. It is that bad. I think it is just a matter of days before he gets fired. And he should.

April 3, 2013  09:37 AM ET
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Personally, I think the coach should be fired along with the AD. If the Rutgers president knew anything about it, he should be gone too. None of them should get any severance of backroom deals either. Gone. As far as the assistant that was let go, I was curious about that. Maybe he was saving that as some sort of insurance policy but if he was so upset about it, why not report it right away. He was let go in July of last year and he just announced he is suing the university. So why wouldn't he announce he was suing them after he was let go...or right after they announced his suspension. He only announced it after that video was made public. Sounds like he's counting on the court of public opinion to win his case. If the guy was fired because he blew the whistle then Rutgers deserves to get sued. I'm just curious about the timing of the whole thing. Does anyone else find that strange?

The tapes do not lie. The assistant's motives are irrelevant, another matter entirely. A distraction from the main issue. Rice's actions are indefensible. That is the issue.

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April 3, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

The articles says that the contract of a former Rutgers director of player personnel who complied the video wasn't renewed after he reported the bad actions last summer then he showed the video to Rutger's AD in November which resulted in the 3 game suspension for Rice.So Rutgers basicly fired the messenger and not the coach resposnible for the misconduct!That's F'd up!!!!!!!

...and illegal under NCAA "whisteblower" clause (I would assume).

Someone is looking at big money if they get a lawyer.

April 3, 2013  10:29 AM ET

Saw the vid on GMA this morning. Un-frakkin-believable.

 
April 3, 2013  10:31 AM ET
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If Mike Rice did ANY OF THIS to a child of mine, the headline would be about how the parent of one of his players unmercifully beat his *** in front of the entire Rutgers mens's basketball team.

I'm just waiting for the day when a player says forget this respect for authority stuff and just opens up a can on one of these hands on coaches. I know that would be the wrong way to go about it. Just saying!

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