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Mike Rice Coaching a 12-Year-Old Girls AAU Team – Would You Let Him Coach Your Kids? [POLL]

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This is like the “gift that keeps on giving!”

The story of Mike Rice, former Rutgers basketball coach, seen in a video leaked to ESPN verbally and physically abusing members of his team.

We now learn he’s been coaching a girls’ youth basketball team, and according to reports, it’s okay with some of the parents of the players.

According to this:

Mike Rice, who was fired by Rutgers University earlier this month for inappropriate actions against Rutgers men’s basketball players, including physical and verbal altercations, is apparently still coaching – now for a girls youth basketball team, according to multiple reports. What’s more, the parents of the seventh graders he’s coaching are OK with his presence.

Meanwhile, tweets contained in the reports indicate continued questionable behavior of Rice, even in this context, a middle school gym in Allentown, N.J.

SNY quotes a parent, happy with Rice as the coach of the girls’ team – his own girl’s team, according to SNY and a gig he has apparently held since well before the April 2 airing of now infamous videos showing Rice’s abuse of players.

From SNY.tv: “‘The Deadspin report is a gross misrepresentation of the facts,’ a source close to the AAU team told SNY.tv. ‘The team’s parents are fully behind Coach Rice and his instruction of their daughters.’”

Here is the Deadspin report.

Earlier today, Brian Geltzeiler, founder of hoopscritic.com, tweeted that former’s Rutgers’ men’s basketball coach Mike Rice was coaching 12-year-old girls in an AAU game held in New Jersey today.

These are the tweets from hoopscritic.com

Brian Geltzeiler ‪@hoopscritic
One of my moles is watching Mike Rice coach 12 year old girls at Holmdel High in NJ right now as crazy as ever yelling @ both refs and kids

Brian Geltzeiler ‪@hoopscritic
Just this afternoon Rice told a 12 year old girl,”I can’t even look at you” and the ref told my guy he would have T’d him up 2x if it was HS
7:02 PM – 14 Apr 13

Brian Geltzeiler ‪@hoopscritic
Just to clarify. I’m not joking. Mike Rice is actually coaching a 7th grade girls AAU team today and he’s still acting like a mad man….

Brian Geltzeiler ‪@hoopscritic
Was just told that Rice has had this AAU 7th grade girls gig while he was coaching Rutgers. Has been the coach all season….

Given that he’s already had the job, would you still be comfortable with your kid being coached by this guy?

And again, while no one will be kicking him off the girls’ basketball team anytime soon, just to refresh your memory, here’s what the Governor had to say regarding Rice’s conduct:

‘This is completely reprehensible conduct’, said Governor Christie.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie has stepped up his criticism of disgraced college basketball coach Mike Rice, calling him an “animal” who should not be allowed around students.

“One of my questions to folks was, what parent would let this animal back into their living room to try to recruit their son, after this video?” Christie said at a news conference on Monday. “I’d hang up the phone.”

Since, as stated above, his own daughter is on the team, is there really an issue here? And even if his daughter weren’t, I’d still think it a non issue since he’d already had the job when the video surfaced; and no one seemed to complain about the coach’s behavior then.

What say you?

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