A wide circulation of a video showing Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice verbally and physically abusing players could cost him his job.
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On Tuesday afternoon ESPN broadcast video footage which showed Rice abusing his players, by yelling fool languages in their directions, kicking and tossing balls at them and Rutgers are apparently looking into taking action.
“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,” spokesman Michael Drewniak was quoted as saying.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti, who had suspend and fined Rice $50,000 after viewing a copy of the video last November says everyone is trying to do the best thing to protect the University.
“You have to be always cautious about public reaction, because the reaction the public is having is the same I had when I saw it (the film),” Pernetti was quoted as telling WFAN Radio in New York on Tuesday.
“I am factoring everything into what we do going forward. The most important thing I am factoring in is trying to make sure that we don’t do harm to Rutgers University, because we are small slice of the pie here at this great place.
I don’t want to put any negatively on the university when we have a lot of real good things going on.”
Following the cries for Rice to be fires, Pernetti added: “I spent more time with that option on whether we should fire Mike or not than any other option.
“At the same the results of the investigation where we ended up, the determination was made to suspend him. My biggest concern as the AD is that I am always trying to protect the interests and reputation of the university and that’s what makes this one so difficult.
“There is a lot of hindsight, 20-20, …. that there will be no other option than to terminate Mike. I made that decision. I am accountable for it. I have to live with it.”