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Former Rutgers Player Sues Over Mike Rice Behavior

A former Rutgers basketball player claims in a lawsuit that he was subjected to physical and emotional abuse at the hands of fired coach Mike Rice.

Rutgers mens basketball head coach Mike Rice
Former Rutgers mens basketball head coach Mike Rice (Chris Trotman, Getty Images)

Derrick Randall played for Rutgers from 2011 until last spring. He was seen in practice videos where players were shoved, kicked and berated by Rice. After the videos went public last spring, Rice was fired and athletic director Tim Pernetti and other school officials resigned.

Randall’s lawsuit, filed Friday, claims he suffers from learning disabilities and experienced emotional trauma from Rice’s behavior. Randall left Rutgers this year.

The lawsuit names Rice, Pernetti, former assistant coach James Martelli, Rutgers president Robert Barchi and two other school officials. It seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages.

A Rutgers spokesman says the university has not yet been served the suit.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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