Less than 24 hours after a video was released showing Rutgers men’s basketball coach abusing his players, he has been fired. He was shown shoving them, throwing basketballs at their heads and legs, and berating them with homosexual slurs.
The question is, what took so long? The film was viewed by university officials four months ago. In response, the university’s athletic director, Tim Pernetti, suspended him for three games and fined him $50,000.
When ESPN aired the film yesterday, those from sports broadcasters to players such as LeBron James asked the question, “why was he allowed to remain the team’s coach”?
Rutgers announced Rice’s termination on its Twitter account Wednesday morning, saying, “Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice.”
“I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice,” Pernetti said in a statement posted on the Rutgers Web site Wednesday. “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.”
I used to think Bobby Knight was rough on his players.
Columnist-The Guardian Express