Rutgers University has fired men’s basketball coach Mike Rice less than 24 hours after ESPN’s Outside the Lines aired shocking video footage of Rice verbally and physically abusing his players.
The video footage shows an unhinged Rice physically attacking his players and throwing basketballs at their heads during practice.
The video sparked anger and outrage on Wednesday. NBA star LeBron James vented his anger on Twitter.com Tuesday, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was “deeply disturbed” by the video.
The saddest aspect of the video was the players, seeing their spirits broken, absorbing the abuse heaped on them by their coach as if they had no other choice but to accept the abuse. 3 basketball players transferred to other schools as a result of Rice’s abuse.
The video was turned over to the school last Summer by former director of player development Eric Murdock, whose contract was not renewed after he came forward with the allegations. Murdock has since filed a lawsuit against Rutgers.
Murdock, who is black, sat for an interview with Outside The Lines.