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Rutgers Fires Abusive Coach Amid Public Outcry (Video)

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April 3, 2013 by The ReadyWriter


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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. BBallen says:

    Good!

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  2. BBallen says:

    Tra you on point today!

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  3. Danny says:

    Good :clap:

    I wonder if this video would have ever gotten out if they didnt fire the dude that recorded

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  4. QTip says:

    He got a $50k fine initially… How much was they paying him anyway?

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    • Tamala says:

      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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      • Sane says:

        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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      • 2Thick4U says:

        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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      • Gabriella says:

        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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      • Adriane says:

        he made $650,000 a year – Good riddens to his ass
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        He’s a white man he’ll be aight.

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      • Coco says:

        he made $650,000 a year – Good riddens to his ass
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        Yes!!!!!

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      • Cameo says:

        he made $650,000 a year –> Yup and now he done fucked it up!

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      • Daisy says:

        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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  5. UncleEd says:

    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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  6. Tamala says:

    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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  7. Donte says:

    WOW! WTF is wrong with him?!

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  8. Sane says:

    I hope he get his ass kicked on his way home tonight!

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  9. Starr says:

    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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    • Tammy says:

      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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      • Keisha says:

        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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      • Manup says:

        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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      • Gabby says:

        You don’t put your hands on other people’s kids.
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        Amen!

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      • Shawnia says:

        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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      • Pinky says:

        You don’t put your hands on other people’s kids.
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        so true!

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      • Adam says:

        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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  10. Nicole says:

    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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  11. Bobby says:

    interesting and a WTF!

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  12. Keisha says:

    Someone needs anger management classes 😥

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  13. Acquitta says:

    he must come from a single parent household

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  14. Gia says:

    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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  15. Yes says:

    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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  16. Manup says:

    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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  17. BrownGirl says:

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

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  18. WandaB says:

    He need some charges added to his punishment.

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  19. Angelhair says:

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

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    • 2Thick4U says:

      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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      • Bobby says:

        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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      • SoldierBoy says:

        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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      • gabby2010 says:

        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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  20. Gabriella says:

    When you HURT people you HURT people :yes:

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  21. Jamilla says:

    Yep Dude 😆 is a fool seriously.

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  22. Pointman says:

    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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    • Shawnia says:

      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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      • AlScream says:

        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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  23. gabby2010 says:

    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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  24. Shawnia says:

    I hope Rice doesn’t have children at home. I feel sorry for them if he does.

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  25. Pinky says:

    WOW shame on Pernetti for allowing this to continue, he needs to be held responsible as well

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  26. Adriane says:

    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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  27. Yasha says:

    Lebron…Hush

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  28. HarlemGirl says:

    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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    • Coco says:

      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.

      4 words
      Jerry Sandusky
      Joe Paterno

      I’m just sayin!

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  29. Adam says:

    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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  30. SueWee says:

    I’m surprised none of those students got in that ass

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    • BBallen says:

      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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  31. Coco says:

    Glad they fired his ass.

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  32. Cameo says:

    I still find it hard that not a one lost their temper. Where I’m from shit it would a been ON!

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  33. QueenC says:

    They said that a lot of the players transferred to other schools, that’s how bad it was :wow:

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  34. AlScream says:

    OKAYYY I got hood folks and this would not have ended good

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  35. annonymous says:

    Sadly, WINNING is the ONLY option…

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    • Danny says:

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

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  36. AppleBottom says:

    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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  37. Xmen says:

    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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  38. Zenna says:

    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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    • Ebonyeyes says:

      Zenna,
      All of that hazing and shat pledges have to go through, I am not here for any of that…

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  39. Omar says:

    hold up!
    hold up!
    hail to the nawl!

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  40. Omar says:

    where the fathers at?
    they need to tact that ass.

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  41. Katman says:

    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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  42. RandomChick says:

    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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  43. Daisy says:

    That video is heartbreaking to watch!

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  44. Yvonne says:

    Hit the road jack!!!
    I hope all those parents sue the school now!

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  45. Felicia says:

    Hot mess!

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  46. Slickrick says:

    This fool was long over due to be gone!

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  47. Kayla says:

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

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  48. Anthony says:

    I would bum rush his house and beat that ass had it been my son.

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  49. CEODawg says:

    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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  50. Floridagirl says:

    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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  51. Olivijah says:

    that video was hard to stomach. he was extremely abusive.

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  52. Lexy says:

    THE CRY SHOULD OF CAME SOONER I HOPE THE PARENTS SUE HIM AND THE SCHOOL!

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  53. Mahogany says:

    This story was all over the news. This coach don’t stand a chance. He may never work again.

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