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Eric Murdock follows through with whistle-blower suit against Rutgers

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06:49 AM ET 04.06 | Eric Murdock, the man responsible for former Rutgers coach Mike Rice's abusive behavior coming to light, continued to make life difficult for his former employer on the day the ax fell on athletic director Tim Pernetti. Murdock, the New Jersey prep star and former NBA guard who was previously the director of player development at the New Jersey school, filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Rutgers, president Dr. Robert L. Barchi, former president Richard L. McCormick, Rice and Pernetti in New Jersey State court Friday. Murdock accuses Rutgers of six counts of wrongdoing, which includes ignoring the video he presented them of Rice verbally and physically abusing players. "Efforts to get Rutgers to address their problems were ignored for months," Murdock said in a prepared statement during a press conference Friday in East Hanover, N.J., in which he didn't answer reporters' questions. "Instead, I was removed from my position. That is wrong and why I filed a lawsuit."

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April 6, 2013  07:15 AM ET

Thank you Eric for standing up for the players who were abused by the coach while the athletic director looked away and found nothing wrong with his actions. I guess the parents said nothing because they didn't want to rock the boat at Rutgers and cause their kids not to play or be on the team. I don't know what they were thinking but I'm glad you stood up and did the right thing. I sincerely hope you win your case against the University. I hope the parents, and media get behind you for exposing the coach, A.D, and the President of the University for tolerating the injustice they allowed to go on with that basketball coach. Justice will prevail thanks to you Eric Murdock.

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April 6, 2013  09:32 AM ET

And yet the person who posted comment #2 can spell? Amazing!

April 6, 2013  09:42 AM ET

Eric Murdock should sue them. He will win, and the school will settle out of court and demand an agreement not to disclose anything about the settlement.

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April 6, 2013  09:54 AM ET
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What kind of a dumb -ucking comment is this???? Come on Mods, get this idiot off of FN!!!!!!!

Judging from the handle, he's a Walmart TSUN fan. The B1G is being well-represented today!

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April 6, 2013  10:29 AM ET
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FREEDOM OF SPEECH.It's what I see all the time.People will sue over anything and alot of times it's blacks.Yes oldtimer I should have stated it better but it's what I feel that people sue over anything.This time the young man is right but it looks like he was being push into it.But what I wanted was to start people to think and talk.

Let's stick to principle here, and not inject the inflammatory pseudo-logic of bigotry on this thread. Murdock is sueing for wrongful termination. His claim is he was let go for being a whistleblower. If so, then state and Federal laws were likely broken and he has a case against Rutgers. It matters not one iota what his ethnicity is. To make such a sweeping generalization as you have is, in itself, a non sequitur.

April 6, 2013  10:32 AM ET
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But what I wanted was to start people to think and talk.

No what you said was a "racist statement and an ignorant comment in comment #2"!!! Plain and simple!!!

April 6, 2013  10:34 AM ET
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Let's stick to principle here, and not inject the inflammatory pseudo-logic of bigotry on this thread. Murdock is sueing for wrongful termination. His claim is he was let go for being a whistleblower. If so, then state and Federal laws were likely broken and he has a case against Rutgers. It matters not one iota what his ethnicity is. To make such a sweeping generalization as you have is, in itself, a non sequitur.

GTH, I wish I could have stated it as well as you!!! Very good comment!!!

April 6, 2013  10:43 AM ET
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Like most blacks they will sue if you look at the sideways.

Quite articulate. Bigots are so educated.

April 6, 2013  10:45 AM ET
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GTH, I wish I could have stated it as well as you!!! Very good comment!!!

HiYa, OT. How's life on the Left Coast?

April 6, 2013  10:56 AM ET
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FREEDOM OF SPEECH.It's what I see all the time.People will sue over anything and alot of times it's blacks.Yes oldtimer I should have stated it better but it's what I feel that people sue over anything.This time the young man is right but it looks like he was being push into it.But what I wanted was to start people to think and talk.

Your lack of thought has provided a spark to the conversation.

April 6, 2013  11:02 AM ET
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Your lack of thought has provided a spark to the conversation.

LOL, very true!!!

April 6, 2013  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

HiYa, OT. How's life on the Left Coast?

GTH, good morning!!! Everything is good with me!!! Hope it's all good with you!!!! :-)

April 6, 2013  11:06 AM ET
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LOL, very true!!!

Hey OT! Hope all goes well. It's been a hell of a spring - I don't know if Kelly will have anyone left by the time October 19 rolls around.

April 6, 2013  11:17 AM ET
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Hey OT! Hope all goes well. It's been a hell of a spring - I don't know if Kelly will have anyone left by the time October 19 rolls around.

LF, this has to be the most boring time of the year!!!!! How long before football is here???? :-)

April 6, 2013  11:31 AM ET
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LF, this has to be the most boring time of the year!!!!! How long before football is here???? :-)

145 days I believe.

April 6, 2013  11:39 AM ET
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145 days I believe.

OMG...I cannot wait....

Morning guys. Just getting on to check before I start stump digging again.

 
April 6, 2013  11:40 AM ET
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Quite articulate. Bigots are so educated.

You call me a bigot because I do not agree with others.Yes I was wrong I should not have used the word black.But I see people sueing all the time.But this person is in his right.Yes I made a mistake.

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