Video Shows Rutgers Coach Mike Rice Pegging His Players With Basketballs, Heaving Homophobic Slurs
ESPN’s Outside the Lines aired the footage today and it’s pretty wild. In addition to chucking basketballs at close range, Rice repeatedly hurls homophobic slurs at his players.
About 30 minutes of the video was viewed in December by athletic director Tim Pernetti, who suspended Rice for three games that month and fined him $50,000. But the incidents in the videos obtained by “Outside the Lines” appear to go beyond Pernetti's description at the time of “inappropriate behavior and language” between Rice and his players. When he announced the suspension on Dec. 13, Pernetti offered few specifics after conducting a week-long investigation.
In addition to Rice's physical actions seen in the practices, Rice calls Rutgers players “fa–ots,” “mother—-ers,” “pu–ies,” “sissy b-tches,” and “c—-,” among other epithets.
Eric Murdock, an ex-NBA player and a former director of player development for the Scarlet Knights, told “Outside the Lines” that Rice's “outrageous” behavior had caused at least three players to transfer from the team, including forward Gilvydas Biruta, who transferred to Rhode Island prior to last season.
Pretty amazing this guy still has his job. He probably won’t for too much longer.