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Eric Murdock files lawsuit against Rutgers (VIDEO)

Apr 5, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

It went from bad to worse on Friday for the Rutgers men’s basketball team. Two days after Mike Rice was fired, Director of Athletics Tim Pernetti resigned and Rutgers President Robert Barchi admitted mistakes were made and there was a “failure of process.”

Then that same afternoon, Eric Murdock, the former Rutgers employee who released the tape announced the he would file a lawsuit against the university for wrongful termination. Murdock was the director of player development for Rutgers, but his contract was not renewed this past July, according to school.

Murdock, a former guard in the NBA, says that he was let go after a dispute with Rice for skipping a camp, but the main reason was he complained about Rice’s treatment towards players. Murdock also claims he provided the university with the video in November, show what ESPN aired on Tuesday — Rice throwing basketballs and shoving players while using offensive language including gay slurs.

“Efforts to get Rutgers to address their problems were ignored for months,” Murdock told reporters during a Friday afternoon press conference. “Instead I was removed from my position. That is wrong and that is why I filed a lawsuit.”

The video above is the brief press conference Murdock held on Friday, courtesy of NBCNewYork.com

The 18-page lawsuit can be seen here, courtesy of NJ.com

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

  1. gabes2013 - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Extortion doesn’t work …. step two: file lawsuit.

  2. spey84spey84 - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Bold but smart move for Eric Murdock. It’s the game of chess when bad politics are involved.
    Your shunned if you speak up and possibly shunned if you don’t. No one likes a squeaky wheel but I’d like to see him win this case and change history forever.

  3. glink123 - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    This isn’t extortion, you clown. Murdock had a relatively successful 10-year NBA career, at one point earning nearly $2 million per year (back in 99-00). This is a classic whistleblower case. Someone reports unethical or potentially illegal activity in his/her workplace, in an effort to get the behavior to stop. Instead of being “thanked” for bringing the issue to the attention of the AD, he was fired. Not a very wise move, by Rutgers. Actually, quite illegal nowadays, under the US Whistleblower Act. Google it.

  4. richinlesta - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Spey, I agree with you in principle, but have to challenge your final statement. “Change history forever” just ain’t gonna happen. Tomorrow or the next day or the day after that, there’ll be another similar story somewhere that will again “shock the nation.” It’s never going to end. Bad behavior is rampant in this country, and only when(if) you get caught are you sorry…and not a second sooner!

  5. j0esixpack - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    While I recognize the instinct to have a knee jerk negative reaction when anyone sues, let’s look at the facts in this situation

    Murdock’s role was Director of Player Development. When confronted with a situation involving a coach who was taking actions detrimental to the development of the students under his ward, not only did the University not take action, they fired the one person looking out for the kids – and no one questions if he had not gone to the extreme he did of releasing the tape, Rice would still be there today.

    It’s not only understandable but only fair that Murdock’s name be cleared, and his job restore, he should be lauded and rewarded for doing the right thing and acting in the best interest of the students

    Not everyone has the guts to do what Murdock did.

  6. henryd3rd - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    There are no winners only losers in this sordid affair and the school would be wise to pay this man and let this entire episode die. No way Rutgers wants this to play out in a courtroom.

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