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Rutgers Fires Abusive Coach Amid Public Outcry (Video)


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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.

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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.

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78 thoughts on “Rutgers Fires Abusive Coach Amid Public Outcry (Video)

    1. He got a $50k fine initially… How much was they paying him anyway?
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      Q, he made $650,000 a year – Good riddens to his ass.

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      1. he made $650,000 a year – Good riddens to his ass
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        Dayum that’s a grip and he fucked that up?

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      2. he made $650,000 a year – Good riddens to his ass
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        Now he’ll be flipping burgers for 6.50 is even that much.

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      3. he made $650,000 a year – Good riddens to his ass
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        That’s a lot of money for him to have been so verbally and physically abusive.

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      4. he made $650,000 a year – Good riddens to his ass
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        With his behavior and temper I’m glad he was fired. Good for him.

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  1. I could care less about what the guy has done. I’d rather focus on punishing the morons who decided to delay firing him.

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  2. There’s a line you don’t cross, especially when your coaching. This guy has “Serious Anger “, issues which affected his ability to coach, but most of all, disrespecting his players staff and school. One thing to yell and 25 extra laps, 50 extra pull ups; but gotta worry about a guy like this going postal somewhere? He should have been fired back in Dec 012. When are educational Institutions going to stop covering up for this type of behavior.

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  3. What really made me angry when I watched the video wasn’t so much the yelling, because all coaches yell; it was watching Rice punching, kicking and throwing balls at the boys’ heads. You don’t put your hands on other people’s kids. You keep your hands to yourself. I am outraged that the school gave him a slap on the wrist – as if that kind of behavior is to be tolerated.

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    1. You don’t put your hands on other people’s kids.
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      Starr, he must come from a single parent household

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      1. You don’t put your hands on other people’s kids.
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        So where the parents at with their class action law suits?

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      2. You don’t put your hands on other people’s kids.
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        I’d be suing the school. yeah give me back my damn tuition money.

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      3. You don’t put your hands on other people’s kids.
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        Exactly and those parents are crazy if they don’t act now.

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      4. You don’t put your hands on other people’s kids.
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        He need his ass kicked for that alone. 😦 Smh

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  4. What in the entire fuck is this? Where’s the substory about any of these kids or their parents suing the school for assualt and battery.. This shit right here is unreal….

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  5. I just watched the video and I wanna whoop his a$$ myself 😡 watch everybody around your kids and ask questions trust no one these days. Pastor, coach, teacher, family members etc SMH

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  6. Good he got fired, but what is worse is that the school knew about it and wanted to “rehabilitate” him before the video came to light. Now all of a sudden its so wrong and the school has decided to change course…gtfoh.

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  7. Lebron been in the league ten years and aint even screamed at an oppossimg player but now he a “Twitter OG?” :huh:

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  8. he probably suffered horrendous abuse as a child. We know that most abusers grow up to abuse others.

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  9. Murdock’s intentions are suspect because he didn’t come forward with the video until after he was fired.

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    1. Murdock’s intentions are suspect because he didn’t come forward with the video until after he was fired.
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      1 black man versus a white established university…I ain’t mad at the brotha. you gotta do what you gotta do.

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      1. Murdock’s intentions are suspect because he didn’t come forward with the video until after he was fired.
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        1 black man versus a white established university…I ain’t mad at the brotha. you gotta do what you gotta do.
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        CoSign!

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      2. Murdock’s intentions are suspect because he didn’t come forward with the video until after he was fired.
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        I’m sure he needed the video as proof. Besides we don’t know if he did the video b4 or after so how can anyone make that call.

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      3. Murdock’s intentions are suspect because he didn’t come forward with the video until after he was fired.
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        Doesn’t matter a situation like this needed to be brought to light.

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  10. Don’t believe the hype y’all!~

    They aint fire him cause they was still goin have to honor that contract more than likely.

    They aint care about them kids.

    Chit, at least Bobby Knight was winning when he was abusing his kids.

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    1. They aint fire him cause they was still goin have to honor that contract more than likely.
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      Paid leave whateva..bottom line his ass ain’t coaching.

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      1. They aint fire him cause they was still goin have to honor that contract more than likely.
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        Fine pay out his contract just don’t let em coach. Dude fucked up with this one.

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  11. So once again the kids are NOT the focus on this situation..He should have BEEN fired first word of it. Had that been my chile oh yeah Rutgers we would be on.

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  12. I think all the parents and kids should gather up all the basketballs and throw them at his head all the way to his house :haha:

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  13. Children are never the focus but the money, reputation etc is ALWAYS the focus. This is not surprising in the least bc its a cycle that continues. Everyone plays a part in this foolishness until they get caught then its “Im shocked” “I cant believe this” yadda yadda

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    1. Children are never the focus but the money, reputation etc is ALWAYS the focus. This is not surprising in the least bc its a cycle that continues. Everyone plays a part in this foolishness until they get caught then its “Im shocked” “I cant believe this” yadda yadda
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      Exactly. They always turn a blind eye and make the kids the last on the list of priorities.

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      Jerry Sandusky
      Joe Paterno

      I’m just sayin!

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  14. And this is the EXACT same culture Penn State had when it came to football that they forgot about the very ppl the program was centered around: THE KIDS. The fuck is wrong with these ppl? Is winning that damn important that you sacrifice the well-beings of these kids?

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    1. I’m surprised none of those students got in that ass
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      Me too, but I’m sure they were thinking of all the advantages they would get with being a college baller. They probably thought it came with the territory attending that particular school. But the stress must have been horrendous! I couldn’t imagine what I would do, let alone what my parents would do if they found out some mess like this.

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    1. Sadly, WINNING is the ONLY option…
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      Stats and reputation is all that matters… and money too

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  15. I’m sure this is just the first coach who got caught though, more will come trickling out the closet soon.

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  16. That’s why I dont do sports. My temper is not right. Takes no mess. We have put too much emphasis on sports to where kids will put up with anything just to have a piece of that life. Sad 😦

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  17. Didn’t school/college used to be about learning? Politics have really driven a wedge between school curriculum and respective priorities.

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  18. Good, watching this on the News last night had me tight. This is why whenever a coach would tell me practices were closed, I would make sure I marched my body right in the gym to observe what was going on.

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  19. Rutgers always has some craziness going on behind the scenes. I received a full scholarship there years back and my dad knew all kinds of dirt going on behind the scenes. No thanks. Glad they got this jerk away from those kids.

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  20. I hope parents along with their sons/players sue the school. enough of this bullshit with these colleges already.

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  21. At first they tried to remedy the situation then they fired him now they (Rutgers) gone pay and I hope the black man will get paid.

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  22. He’s fucked and Rutgers is too.
    And I hope they come for that athletic director too.
    Shit always rolls down hill people and don’t ever 4get it.

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