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Rutgers Fires Coach Mike Rice After Homophobic Slurs And Physical Attacks

by David Badash on April 3, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,Civil Rights,News,Sports

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Rutgers has just fired Mike Rice, the university’s basketball coach exposed by an ESPN video showing him using homophobic slurs and physical violence against his players.

The video “showed Rice heaving a basketball at a player’s head and kicking another,” CBS News reports:

“Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice,” the school’s athletic department tweeted Wednesday. The video wasn’t a surprise to Scarlet Knights athletic director Tim Pernetti, who suspended Rice for three games and fined him approximately $50,000 in December after watching the tape. Upon returning to the program following his suspension, the university had the 44-year-old Rice take part in sensitivity training.

HRC demanded Rice be fired this morning. “Mike Rice’s despicable behavior is completely unacceptable and Rutgers should fire him immediately.”

Garden State Equality also expressed deep concern. “The pattern of behavior in this video is deplorable, inexcusable, in direct violation of the state’s anti-bullying laws, and it’s indefensible that Rutgers hasn’t fired Coach Rice as a result,” GSE said in a statement. “Further, why did the university wait months to disclose this disturbing footage? The apology and fine issued do not go nearly far enough.”

GLAAD demanded Rice’s firing too, stating his “behavior in this video is so violent and so angry, it doesn’t take much of a stretch to envision any gay student at Rutgers – let alone a gay athlete – feeling completely unsupported and even unsafe in an environment with this man.”  

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