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UPDATED: Mike Rice used gay slur, physically assaulted players (VIDEO)

Apr 2, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT

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Outside The Lines aired the video of Rutgers coach Mike Rice’s coaching tactics on Tuesday afternoon, and it was quite damning.

He repeatedly manhandled players, pushing and shoving and pulling them by their jersey. He fired balls at his players, including one instance where it appears that he threw a ball at one player’s head. He called his players every name imaginable, including one instance where he can be heard yelling “f—ing fairy, f—ing fa–ot”.

Rice has already been suspended for this incident. He was kept away from the program for three weeks, missed three games and lost almost a quarter of his annual salary.

The reason that this is getting brought back up is that former Rutgers staffer Eric Murdock has filed a lawsuit against the university. The basics, from a statement given to Outside The Lines by Murdock’s attorneys:

“Mr. Murdock was terminated for having complained and reported illegal conduct by Mike Rice. As a result, his employment was terminated by Rutgers university. That is unlawful in the state of New Jersey, and Eric intends to pursue legal action for his wrongful termination, which the university and its representatives have been aware of for some time now. We have no further comment at this time.”

Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti has been adamant that Mike Rice’s job is not in danger.

MORE: Rutgers coping with video fallout

It will be interesting to see if public pressure changes that opinion, because there isn’t a single person that has seen this video that believes that Rice should keep his job. The fact that he hasn’t been fired yet may end up costing Pernetti his job as well.

UPDATE 2 April 2013, 8:46 p.m. ET

According to the Associated Press, Rice’s job status is under review in the wake of the video leak this afternoon. The school would reportedly “reconsider its decision to retain” Rice. The video prompted a response from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose office said the following in a statement:

“Governor Christie saw the video today for the first time and he is obviously deeply disturbed by the conduct displayed and strongly condemns this behavior. It’s not the type of leadership we should be showing our young people and clearly there are questions about this behavior that need to be answered by the leaders at Rutgers University.”

(Video via The Big Lead)

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  1. schroedernexus - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    He should be fired ASAP. That’s not what NJ tax payers are about.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      What are NJ taxpayers about?

    • WatchThis - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      Maybe if players could carry guns, this wouldn’t happen.

    • lrg51 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      Career over… with no hope of getting hired by any decent college or university. No university will tolerate this behavior in today’s world.

  2. stlouis1baseball - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Alright. I am confused. What did the coach do that was wrong?

  3. funktron2x - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Who is pernetti? a little first name action might help here, sir. I assume ad or school president?

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      With you funktron. I read the article three times and couldn’t find a reference.

    • sffan75 - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      Pernetti is the AD of Rutgers (I saw it on ESPN, the article didn’t say anything about his position).

      • sabatimus - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:54 PM

        Looks like they just put that info in after 8 hours…

  4. norcalsportsknowledge - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Good luck recruiting

  5. millmannj - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Typical punk a$$ bully, knowing any retaliation by the player would result in the loss of their scholarship.

  6. bobby2478 - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Surprised no one snapped back at him. Not sure about you, but there is only so many times I could take someone calling me a fairy or fa**ot, throwing the ball at me point blank, shoving me, etc before I got fed up and snapped back at him.

    And if the assistant was fired for essentially acting as a whistleblower, then they should sue. Whistleblowers are supposed to be protected from reprisal when speaking out.

  7. 1historian - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    a good kick in the cojones might help

    why did this go on for so long when there were people there filming it and this clown knew it?

  8. gdmella - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Get rid of him and don’t EVER let him coach again! Period.

  9. seanb20124 - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    OMG, a jock wannabe using a gay slur

  10. eagles512 - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Why is it trying to make me download something to watch it? Forget that

  11. sportstradamus9 - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    No mention of Kevin Bannon? How soon we forget.

  12. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Actual quote from Mike Rice – “Making players uncomfortable is something we do every day…you have to know your formula works, and right now I’m very confident knowing what I do works.”

    • mrbgood315 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      What’s your record again, “coach”? 44-51? Oh yeah, your formula works like a charm…

      • jr420eightball - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:09 PM

        He is a millionaire, you’re not. I think his formula works better than yours.

      • fluffy19 - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:51 PM

        @jr420eightball, if that’s your barometer of success in this life, I feel sad for you. Not enough money in the world to trade places with a guy who behaves like that.

  13. lrical - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Didn’t coach knight throw a chair at someone

  14. jr420eightball - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Calling a straight man a gay slur will always motivate him unless he is a closet homo. Maybe the team should start doing some nutt-checks & weed out the girly men.

    • pauleky - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      Maybe you should finally accept who you are and come out already.

    • fluffy19 - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      oh, i see…you’re a troll

  15. msaphir - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    “I’m confused. What did the coach do that was wrong?”

    Did the person who wrote this see the videos? Did your coach beat you and throw things at you– so you consider this acceptable behavior? Has the world gone nuts? This guy is a lowlife who has no business having any contact with student athletes. I can’t believe Rutgers hasn’t summarily dismissed this guy. Can they be so desperate for a coach that they think this guy is acceptable?

    • sabatimus - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      I assumed it was sarcasm.

  16. sabatimus - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    If Pernetti now says one sentence defending Rice, he’s gone. He ought to be gone anyway.

  17. barbeaux - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    What a douche. He and the AD should be terminated.

    • sabatimus - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      And the school president, too. NJ will love the fact that he violated the whistleblower’s act by that wrongful termination.

  18. kumicu - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Let’s see Rice talk himself out of this one! Goodbye fucking F****t coach.

  19. jackelope62 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Would you want your son learn to abuse his friends, his future wife and children from this man, as an expression of his rage??

  20. briangetsit - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Yes what he did is a problem, but there is just as big a problem in the fact that several people knew about this and basically covered it up? I believe this happened in December… right after Rutgers accepted an invite to the Big Ten.

    I believe I also heard a rumor (cause I cannot confirm it) that the person who supposedly reported it to the hire ups was fired.

    Personally if true (because we don’t know all of the details) at minimum all the coaches who did nothing to protect the students (job 1 in my book), the AD and even the University President (if he knew and did not ask for immediate dismissal) should be gone.

  21. roxaneward - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    He and everyone who knew about it should be fired! This man needs help.

  22. nc1965 - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    In high school my football coach did some of the same things. We were undefeated.

    He’s just teaching them how to be men.

    They will face much worse in real life.

  23. nc1965 - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Coach Bobby Knight was worse. He went to produce many great NBA players.

    The players who could take it stayed in and went on to be great. That’s life.

  24. daphass - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    I am appaled to have to say this for those of you who believe that this is acceptable behavior but the end does not justify the means! I don’t care how many championships are won by using this method of training! Pure and simple this is bullying and these actions have no place in the sporting community or any othe community! This doesn’t buid character but just makes people hard and is teaching abusive behavior!

    All who were aware of his practice should be released from their positions w/out any severance!

  25. jay10940 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Nothing would be said if the team was winning. I hate hypocrites, and these pages reek.

  26. mogogo1 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    I’m stunned this could happen today. I’d have guessed a player would have had somebody shoot a cell phone video on Day 2 of this behavior and he’d have been fired by the end of his first week.

    This makes Bobby Knight at his worst look like Santa Claus. Hard to believe a player never went after him.

  27. beck934 - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    I’m guessing Bobby Knight was worse then this. He’s lucky there wasn’t camera’s recording all his practices!

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