On April 4, we reported on the abuse that former Rutgers’ basketball coach Mike Rice, was doling out to the Scarlet Knights basketball team. But when Athletic Director Tim Pernetti, saw Rice hurling anti-gay slurs, kicking, punching, and throwing things at his players, he only slapped him on the wrist with a $50,000 fine and a three-game suspension. Well, once video of Rice in action surfaced on ESPN, we expected that Pernetti was going to get the same pink slip that the university eventually gave to Rice. But, we had NO CLUE both of them would walk away on a RED CARPET!
Retired Los Angeles Clipper, Eric Murdock, who broke the story with video of Rice’s actions, is also under scrutiny, but we’ll get back to that later in the story. First, let us detail the severance packages given to Mike Rice and Tim Pernetti. Both the coach and the athletic director were given over $1 million dollar as Rice was FIRED, and Pernetti decided to RESIGN. According to ESPN:
Tim Pernetti is getting $1.2 million in salary, plus an iPad, car allowance and more than two years of health insurance coverage under a settlement agreement…Pernetti is to be paid his base salary of $453,000 per year through June 2014 and a one-time payment of $679,500 in the next month. He gets the money even if he takes another job…He also gets his $12,000 per-year car allowance through June 2014 and health insurance and pension payments through October 2015.
Rice was fired ‘not for cause,’ meaning that under his contract he is in line to be paid just more than $1 million, or 75 percent of his remaining salary, plus a $100,000 bonus for staying on the job through the 2012-13 season.
Wow! So, it appears that they made out much better being fired and reprimanded to the point of resignation than actually doing their jobs…which they weren’t performing effectively anyway. But now let’s get back to Eric Murdock. Murdock was hired by Rice to be a part of his team when he joined Rutgers three years ago, but Murdock left under conflicting circumstances that have not been made clear. Some say he could’ve stayed, some say he was terminated. According to Sports Illustrated CNN:
Murdock has said Rice fired him after he skipped a session of Rice’s summer basketball camp, but has said he was targeted because he had spoken with others about Rice’s conduct at practice. The university found in a report that Murdock was not actually fired and that he could have continued working at the school.
After Murdock left, he spoke with university officials about his allegations against Rice…A December letter from Murdock’s lawyer to a lawyer representing Rutgers requested $950,000 to settle employment issues and said that if the university did not agree by Jan. 4, Murdock was prepared to file a lawsuit.
Now Murdock has become the poster boy for the saying “No good deed goes unpunished.” Murdock is being probed in an FBI investigation for extortion? First of all he had to haggle for a severance package that Rice and Pernetti walked away with effortlessly, but because he gave the university a deadline for a settlement, he’s being accused of extortion?! Can you believe it?! Yeah. Unfortunately, we can believe it. Now Murdock has filed a lawsuit against the university, “contending he was fired because he was a whistleblower trying to bring to light Rice’s behavior.”
And you know it’s true, Rutgers! Tell the truth, Ruth! But the big dog that sat on the porch watching all of this unfold will surely be the center of our next update to this developing story, the school’s president Robert Barchi. His position with the university has now become tenuous as his own professors are asking for his job. They are perfectly correct in saying that had they performed half as badly in their classrooms, they would’ve been fired.
HATS OFF TO YOU MURDOCK! You blew the roof off the motha! Check out Barchi’s lame excuses and the professor that’s leading the charge to have him removed.