When your kid takes up sports, you expect for them to be yelled at a bit, receive some crucial criticisms and maybe even physically pushed to get in position. But, when the coach crosses the line of calling names, kicking, snatching, and hitting your kid, all bets are off! You might even say, “Hell! I could’ve done that!”
These are all elements of FORMER Rutgers coach Mike Rice’s program that have now lead him to the unemployment line. Even Governor Chris Christie demanded answers from the university after seeing him bully the basketball team.
Rice said there is no excuse for his actions and is only just now seeing the error of his coaching ways as a tape of his thug coaching has been made public and aired on ESPN. Retired Los Angeles Clipper, Eric Murdock, who had been fired from the program as Director of Player Development at Rutgers, made the tape and said that his extreme coaching tactics forced at least three players to transfer from the university.
“That’s how it was. The verbal abuse, the belittling, yeah, I was like in total shock that this guy wasn’t fired. And immediately on the spot.”
Even LeBron James expressed outrage at Rice’s treatment of his players. James took to Twitter Tuesday saying:
Rice even went as far as to call players “faggots” and “fairies.” There had been complaints in the past, yet Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti only suspended Rice and fined him $50,000 back in December 2012. But after the video surfaced and government officials demanded answers and Rice’s removal, it was only then that Pernetti decided to terminate Rice’s contract Wednesday. He had planned to stand by his decision to only suspend Rice.
Now that Pernetti’s actions have come to light, his job may be in jeopardy as well. Watch the report.