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Rutgers Basketball Coach Mike Rice Uses Physical Abuse, Gay Slurs Against Players: VIDEO

Video obtained by ESPN's Outside the Lines show Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice's incredibly abusive coaching methods.

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ESPN reports:

In several dozen hours of video of Rutgers men's basketball practices obtained by "Outside the Lines," coach Mike Rice is seen hurling basketballs from close range at his players' heads, legs and feet; shoving and grabbing his players; feigning punching them; kicking them; and screaming obscenities and homophobic slurs.

The video shows practices from 2010-12. About 30 minutes of the video was viewed in December by athletic director Tim Pernetti, who suspended Rice for three games that month and fined him $50,000. But the incidents in the videos obtained by "Outside the Lines" appear to go beyond Pernetti's description at the time, when he cited "inappropriate behavior and language" between Rice and his players. When he announced the suspension on Dec. 13, Pernetti offered few specifics after conducting a week-long investigation.

In addition to Rice's physical actions seen in the practices, Rice calls Rutgers players "f----ts," "m-----f-----s," "p-----s," "sissy b-----s," and "c---s," among other epithets.

M_riceOther Rutgers officials are speaking out:

Eric Murdock, an ex-NBA player and a former director of player development for the Scarlet Knights, told "Outside the Lines" that Rice's "outrageous" behavior had caused at least three players to transfer from the team, including forward Gilvydas Biruta, who transferred to Rhode Island prior to last season.

Murdock, a 44-year-old, nine-year NBA veteran, was fired by Rice and Pernetti in early July. Murdock's attorney, Raj Gadhok, said Tuesday that Murdock intends to sue Rutgers for wrongful termination as early as Friday.

"The one thing I hated," Murdock said of Rice, "he would always talk about 'Lithuanian this, Lithuanian that,' talk about where he's from, 'soft-ass Lithuanian b----,' 'soft-ass Lithuanian p----.' His nickname was basically 'Lithuanian f----t.'"

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UPDATE: GLAAD urges Rice's firing. As does Brendon Ayanbadejo.

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  1. First Tyler Clementi and then this... Are they giving degrees in homophobia at Rutgers now?

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Apr 3, 2013 8:12:59 AM


  2. @ WayneMPLS

    Amen, brother. I wrote a letter to the president of Rutgers. This institution has some serious problems.

    Posted by: Voet | Apr 3, 2013 8:37:03 AM


  3. Where is the petition to fire his ass? Completely over the top and unacceptable. I feel very badly for those players. This guy needs to be drummed out of sports and should get himself to some anger management counselling, stat.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Apr 3, 2013 8:42:41 AM


  4. So bullies become college basketball coaches or cops...

    Posted by: rhea | Apr 3, 2013 9:25:50 AM


  5. He needs to be fired,immediately. It's simply abuse, and he is a coward.

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 3, 2013 9:30:20 AM


  6. "Coaching intensity"

    That's what they call psychopathology when it's your job.

    Posted by: BobN | Apr 3, 2013 9:42:23 AM


  7. That's Kiwi's father. Explains everything.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 3, 2013 10:02:56 AM


  8. It was just announced, he was fired!

    Posted by: Tim | Apr 3, 2013 10:44:26 AM


  9. Rutgers is a very sports obsessed school. They've tried to build up their athletic teams to national status in the past 10 years even while cutting academic programs. The issue here is TV revenue, which goes directly to the teams and coaches and AD. It's an issue larger than Rutgers. Essentially you have an independent business being run out of a university with an independent source of revenue hiding it's profits in the larger mix of the university's non-profit activities.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 3, 2013 10:50:36 AM


  10. They had HUNDREDS OF HOURS of physical and verbal abuse of players and nothing was done about it until now? How is it that we've come to value sports programs more than sports players?

    Posted by: Gigi | Apr 3, 2013 11:24:35 AM


  11. @UFFDA Hurling abuse at people that you allege are abusive makes you not better than they. I've read many of your comments. You're certainly no angel.

    Posted by: Gigi | Apr 3, 2013 11:27:13 AM


  12. Why in hell didn't any of those players whoop his ass? They're a team, hopefully looking out for each other -- they should have lynched him to make a point.

    Posted by: Lucrece | Apr 3, 2013 11:28:50 AM


  13. Posted by UFFDA in reference the SCOTUS review of Prop 8 and DOMA:

    "Poor people, ready to be disappointed.

    The wise justices of the big court will retain the status quo recognizing that being gay is just a phase and that all the current hysteria around the subject will die down in time to allow all men to marry women and all women to marry men, regardless of the small number of human lemons who refuse to support God's plan."

    You're a lack-luster troll in a world full of trolls. What was your complaint about Kiwi again?

    Posted by: Gigi | Apr 3, 2013 11:31:18 AM


  14. Is there anyone looking at that video who wouldn't have like to see one of those players kick his a$$?

    Posted by: andrew | Apr 3, 2013 12:04:13 PM


  15. Let's hope that this episode will serve as an intervention that will cause this guy to genuinely change. But I'm not holding my breath.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Apr 3, 2013 12:34:16 PM


  16. beyond the firing, this man needs anger management counseling and a full phycological exam. Is he married? Do they need to look into his wife or partner and perhaps their safety. The look in his eyes is like a crazy man. Intensity is good and a fired up spirit is good but this is way beyond that. What else has happened that is worse than what we have seen on these short clips? and what damage has been done to these students in the long run. How sad.

    Posted by: dorishin | Apr 3, 2013 1:25:51 PM


  17. Rehabilitate!!!?? What the hell is the AD smoking?? I guarantee if he had use the 'N' word the coach would have been sh*t canned in December. Didn't learn a damn thing after the Tyler Clementi BS. Fire the AD and the President for allowing the abuse to continue since Dec.

    Posted by: KsBrian | Apr 3, 2013 1:30:15 PM


  18. "Video no longer available"

    Who else has it?

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 3, 2013 4:50:35 PM


  19. DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG SPEAKS OUT. THE TEACHER WHO CARES. THE ROSENBERG REVOLTION SHARE WITH OTHERS. REGARDING RUTGERS AND OTHER UNIVERSITIES . GET RID OF TENURE AND GIVE PTL'S RIGHTS AND BENEFITS. Bullying and harassmenmrt. I TOLD YOU SO. SEND THIS TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlhvPRkS9a8&feature=youtu.be

    Posted by: ROSENBERG | Apr 4, 2013 7:34:26 AM


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