Rutgers Basketball Coach Mike Rice Fired After Video Revealing Abuse of Players, Anti-Gay Slurs

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We posted the video and reports this morning of Rutgers coach Mike Rice's abusive coaching style. Check it out here.

Rice has now been fired, ESPN reports:

"I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice," said Rutgers athletics director Tim Pernetti said. "Dismissal and corrective action were debated in December and I thought it was in the best interest of everyone to rehabilitate, but I was wrong. Moving forward, I will work to regain the trust of the Rutgers community."

Comments

  1. Jim Elliott says

    In other words, Pernetti thought he could cover this up until ESPN and the social media web sites showed the video. Did they learn nothing from the cover up at Penn?

  2. C.J. says

    Agree with Jim – it’s the old “let’s wait until someone spills the beans nationally, and then I will be the “saving grace” of this mess”. Too late in this case. This D-bag should have been sacked a long time ago. Rutgers seems to be trying to regain a lot of trust in recent times.

  3. ratbastard says

    His behavior has been known for a long time, including by school administrators. Everybody reading this knows what’s why he got away with it, and why they’re now firing him. Same old story.

  4. KuMiCu says

    There is more to the story, another coach was fired when he complained to the AD about Rice’s coaching methods. The AD needs to be fired as well, for violating the Whistleblower Law.

  5. Alan Katz says

    For a coach to repeatedly use anti-gay slurs at a University which has still not quite recovered from the suicide of its student, Tyler Clementi, is beyond belief. And Rice is (no surprise) supposed to be a church-going family man.

    What happened to Rutger’s new “zero-tolerance” policy for homophobia? Apparently, it doesn’t apply when it comes to a profitable sports program.

    Shades of Penn State.

  6. John Smith says

    Rutgers new, of last year, President Barchi was at Penn State for many years. He knew about these events last Fall but tried “rehabilitation” a la Penn State instead of firing him immediately.

  7. dorishin says

    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.

  8. Francis says

    Mike Rice told preteens that “flip flops are for f*ggots” during summer camps he held. The guy is a homophobe who got a bit of power and, well, we see the results. Rutgers needs to clean house and then they need to take a real look in the mirror and question what’s not being done in terms of truly being that pro-gay, inclusive school they continue to promote themselves as.

  9. AdamTh says

    Please don’t fire Coach Rice, christians will just turn him into another martyr. I’m sure his anti-gay comments were “a Constitutionally protected expression of his religious beliefs”, and now he’s unfairly being persecuted. Just ask Bryan Fischer or Tony Perkins.

  10. Junior says

    Just curious….why does your country (not American here) treat anyone related to school athletics as Gods? It seems that a coach, or sports committee, or star athletic can get away with abuse, rape, murder and unless there’s extensive proof and documents they did it, they usually get a slap on the wrist or it’s covered up.

    Are sports that prominent in the U.S where they corrupt school systems and laws?

  11. Reggie says

    When I was a manager of a staff, and had to occasionally deal out “correctives”, I was under the impression that we could not punish the offender twice for the same offense. Nor could we punish the person and then later say, oh by the way, that wasn’t enough. Here’s a second slap. I’m not defending the coach or Pernetti, but just wondering if the AD isn’t open to legal questions.

  12. Bill says

    @Junior: certainly not laws. Some colleges essentially have professional sports teams, however, as games like (American) football, where the “ball” is not round, that bring in a lot of money. Typically, they just give their players easy courses, and make it hard for them to flunk out.

    In this case, it seems that Rice would be on good behavior if anyone was checking up on him, so

  13. Bill says

    @junior – (something got truncated). To continue:

    n this case, it seems that Rice would be on good behavior if anyone was checking up on him, so the people he reported to might have received conflicting information about what was going on. More will come out later: according to http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Faculty-urges-Rutgers-president-to-resign-4407912.php 13 Rutgers faculty members have demanded that the president of the university resign for not firing Rice earlier, and New Jersey state assembly speaker Sheila Oliver said, “I expect a full and detailed explanation from the Rutgers administration as to why Mr. Rice was not dismissed sooner and how exactly that decision was made,” with a threat of holding hearings on the topic.

  14. redball says

    maybe mikey is a repressed gay? i remember hating other little boys for a few years when i was young; i think it’s because i secretly wanted to touch them and make out with them but i had already figured out that that was deemed socially unacceptable (even less acceptable than doing it with a girl!) so i channeled my attractions into some kind of scary anger-type emotion. thankfully, that phase was brief.

    kinda seems to me like mikey is stuck in that type of phase. especially with all the gay slurs and physical contact/abuse with his sweet, sweet young strapping athletic men. hmmm….

    *shrug*

  15. redball says

    maybe mikey is a repressed gay? i remember hating other little boys for a few years when i was young; i think it’s because i secretly wanted to touch them and make out with them but i had already figured out that that was deemed socially unacceptable (even less acceptable than doing it with a girl!) so i channeled my attractions into some kind of scary anger-type emotion. thankfully, that phase was brief.

    kinda seems to me like mikey is stuck in that type of phase. especially with all the gay slurs and physical contact/abuse with his sweet, sweet young strapping athletic men. hmmm….

    *shrug*

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