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Rutgers Fires Coach For Spewing Gay Slurs, Kicking Players

Just a day after a tape surfaced depicting Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice spewing gay slurs, firing balls at players’ heads, and even kicking and grabbing team members, the university made an about-face and fired Rice.

The 40-minute video of Rice heaping abuse on his players—including calling one a “fucking fairy” and “fucking faggot”—was complied from his first three years on the job, and led to his suspension in December.

But as recently as this week Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti said he was satisfied that Rice had learned his lesson, after attending anger-management classes and paying a $50,000 fine.

Apparently the public-relations disaster of the tape surfacing was just too much to ignore.

“I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice,” 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.”

The tape outraged LGBT activists, pro ballers and even governor Chris Christie, especially considering Rutgers is where Tyler Clementi was attending when he committed suicide.

Still left unanswered, though is the question of  Eric Murdock, a former director of player development at Rutgers who says he was fired for reporting Rice’s behavior last summer. The video was actually produced by Murdock’s lawyers and he is considering legal action.

 

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Apr 3, 2013
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  • 8 Comments
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      ly, he will never work in a sports-related job again. Being a WalMart greeter wouldn’t even be up his alley. Let the man retire and sell beer for the rest of his life… door to door, maybe.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      @Dakotahgeo: *Hopefully, he will never….”

      Apr 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caleb in SC
      Caleb in SC

      I beg to differ from you. He will do the whole public apology thing, followed by anger management, followed by meeting with LGBT officials at some group that aims to prevent gay bullying. After about of year, some school will hire him. Mark my words.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 1:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tommysole
      Tommysole

      If he is fired he should stay fired………….Although he probably will be rehired in this pansy society today.
      Anger management?
      That is not going to help curb his anger problems.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MuscleModelBlog.com
      MuscleModelBlog.com

      @Caleb in SC:
      More than likely. From what I understand, college athletics is a “good old boy” system, and contacts are very important…I’m sure that he has friends somewhere who will give him a job.
      -And another university employee was fired last summer for reporting the coach’s behavior?? Perhaps the only reason that the coach got fired was the bad PR brought on by the videos…

      Apr 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dixie Rect
      Dixie Rect

      @Caleb in SC: Exactly, and then go confess to Oprah and get full redemption.

      Apr 3, 2013 at 5:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billysees
      Billysees

      @Dixie Rect: 6

      @Caleb in SC: 3

      Both of you are right-on.

      Apr 4, 2013 at 4:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charli Girl
      Charli Girl

      Are you kidding me? Hetero males LOVE EACH OTHER!!! They’ll stand beside another hetero male BEFORE their own wives! Right or wrong they’ll be there for this loser kissing his ass the whole way and somehow blame those children…

      Apr 4, 2013 at 8:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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