Apr 3, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT
In the wake of a leaked video tape that led to the firing of Rutgers coach Mike Rice, coaches, politicians, and players have reacted. Most are in line with the opinion of the Rutgers administration, approving of the firing of Mike Rice. Some former players defended Rice or at least helped to give the situation context. Look at the list below:
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Rutgers senior center Austin Johnson, via NJ Hoops Haven:
“It’s been really unfortunate. I feel a lot of times people get really wrapped up in emotion and they forget he (Rice) has a family. There’s always another side to the story.”
“I feel really bad right now. He (Rice) wears his emotions on his sleeve and he’s such an intense person who has such a great desire to win, and often I felt like that gets perceived as a little crazy.”
“You…have to take into account he rest of the practice and everything else that goes into a basketball program as a whole. You can’t judge everything based on a however-long video.”
New Jersey governor Chris Christie:
This was a regrettable episode for @rutgersu, but I completely support the decision to remove Coach Rice.
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) April 3, 2013
New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), via Newark Star-Ledger:
On Rice’s behavior: “unacceptable and beyond common decency”
“Why is it that we are only finding out the facts now, months after this occurred?” Sweeney said in a statement. “… Rutgers needs to explain why this was kept essentially secret.”
Andy Glockner, Sports Illustrated
I was a Division I athlete. I’ve been in plenty of practices as a media member. I understand the motivation culture. Rice was disgusting.
— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) April 3, 2013
Dick Vitale, ESPN
Jeff Goodman, CBSSports.com
If Mike Rice goes, Tim Pernetti needs to go with him. — Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) April 3, 2013
Rob Dauster, NBCSports.com
When I took off, Mike Rice was employed. Looks like that’s not going to be the case soon, per @brendanprunty
— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) April 3, 2013
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