Rutgers AD Reviewing Mike Rice’s Job After Video Airs [VIDEO/POLL]
The airing of a videotape of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice using gay slurs, shoving and grabbing his players and throwing balls at them in practice over the past three seasons has the university’s athletic director reconsidering his decision not to fire the coach.
Scarlet Knights AD Tim Pernetti was given a copy of the video in late November by a disgruntled former employee, and he suspended Rice for three games, fined him $50,000 and made him undergo anger management classes for inappropriate behavior after investigating it.
In an interview with WFAN, Pernetti said university president Robert Barchi saw the tape and concurred with his actions against Rice.
ESPN aired the videotape on Tuesday and it has many on social media criticizing Rutgers, including NBA superstar LeBron James.
CHRIS CHRISTIE STATEMENT ON RUTGERS BASKETBALL VIDEO
The following statement is from Press Secretary Michael Drewniak:
“Governor Christie saw the video today for the first time and he is obviously deeply disturbed by the conduct displayed and strongly condemns this behavior. It’s not the type of leadership we should be showing our young people and clearly there are questions about this behavior that need to be answered by the leaders at Rutgers University.”
Senator Steve Sweeney:
Coach Rice’s behavior was unacceptable and beyond common decency. Rutgers needs to do more than just a suspension: he should be fired immediately.
“Not only was his behavior disgusting and his use of slurs insulting, but why is it that we are only finding out the facts now, months after this occurred? Clearly this is someone who should not be teaching young people. Rutgers needs to explain why this was kept essentially secret and they need to remove this man now!”
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