Rutger’s coach’s tirade goes viral months after school neglects to fire him

Published On April 3, 2013 | By Meghan Riggs

Video surfaced on Tuesday of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice shoving players, throwing balls at them from point-blank range and yelling gay slurs at them during practices this season.

Originally aired on ESPN and later shared widely online, the disturbing footage triggered a deluge of outrage among fans, basketball players and even non-sports nuts on Twitter.

The story gets even worse. Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti was given a copy of the footage in December and chose to suspend Rice for three games and fine him $50,000 rather than fire him, even though both options were on the table.

You can count LeBron James among the outraged. Here’s a tweet James posted on Tuesday afternoon:


And here’s Ray Allen’s reaction, via ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh:


ESPN basketball analyst Jalen Rose was infuriated as well:


Even, You Can Play president Patrick Burke had something to say:



Due to the video’s public revealing and reaction, Rutgers officials are reportedly reconsidering whether or not to keep Rice as a coach.

What do you think? Should Rice be fired or are people blowing this video out of proportion? Give us your take in the comments below.


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About The Author

Meghan is a junior at Boston University majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in communications. She has been an athlete her whole life and is a member of the Women’s Ice Hockey team at BU. She is also a member of BUTV10’s sports talk show, Off Sides.