USA TODAY reported yesterday on a shocking video, which showed the Rutgers University head basketball coach abusing players on the team:
Video of Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice verbally and physically abusing players aired Tuesday afternoon on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, footage that included Rice whipping a basketball at a player’s head, kicking a player and using a homophobic slur directed at a player.
Rice was suspended for three games in December and fined $50,000 after athletic department officials saw video footage of abuse. Eric Murdock, a former director of player development whose contract was not renewed, brought the footage and abuse to light. He also told ESPN that the abuse led to multiple players transferring to other schools.
“To witness that video and see your coach physically putting his hands on players, physically kicking players, firing balls at players at point-blank range, the verbal abuse, the belittling. Yeah, I was in total shock that this guy wasn’t fired,” Murdock said on ESPN.