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Rutgers Basketball Coach Mike Rice Caught Abusing Players — Watch

Wed, April 3, 2013 9:53am EDT by Chloe Melas 1 Comment
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Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice was caught on tape shoving players, throwing basketballs at them and yelling homophobic slurs. Governor Chris Christie, NBA star James and other notable people are outraged.

Rutgers University basketball coach Mike Rice,  44, has enraged a nation with his disgusting coaching tactics. A video of Mike during a Rutgers basketball practice, shows him verbally and physically abusing players. Now many people want him fired.

Rutgers Basketball Coach Mike Rice Abusing Players On Tape

The video aired on ESPN on April 2, but it’s reportedly several months old. After the school’s athletic director saw the video, Mike was suspended from three games in November and was also reportedly fined $50,000.

Celebs Are Outraged Over The Video

Governor Chris Christie is shocked after seeing the video and his spokesperson said: “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.”

NBA star Lebron James took to Twitter to say: “If my son played for Rutgers or a coach like that he would have some real explaining to do and I’m still gone whoop on him afterwards! C’mon.”

But the school’s athletic director Tim Pernetti says he’s not sure whether or not to fire Mike.

“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,” he says. “I am factoring everything into what we do going forward. I don’t want to put any negatively on the university when we have a lot of real good things going on.”

UPDATE: Mike Rice has been fired by the University.

Watch: Mike Rice Basketball Coach Fired By Rutgers

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— Chloe Melas

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