Rutgers Fires Basketball Coach For Abusing Players

By KRON 4 Staff

Wed Apr 3rd, 2013 7:51am America/Los_Angeles

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Rutgers fired head basketball coach Mike Rice today after video surfaced of him shoving and cursing players.

News of the firing came in a tweet from the university’s athletics department.

A video released by ESPN shows Rice shoving players, kicking them, hurling balls at their heads and yelling what appears to be homophobic slurs and profanity.

The video, which was made public Tuesday, shows Rice during the men’s basketball team practices last year.

In addition to grabbing and shoving players, Rice is also seen in the video berating them and using profanity.

Rutgers athletic director Tom Pernetti had suspended the coach for three games and fined him $50,000 after watching the video in November. He said he chose suspension rather than termination even though both options were on the table.

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