Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice fired after abusive video

The backlash from a video that shows Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice verbally and physically abusing his players apparently proved too much for the school as it announced Wednesday Rice has officially been fired.

As USA Today reports, Rutgers made the announcement just a day after ESPN aired the shocking footage of a hot-tempered Rice kicking, shoving and screaming at his players, sometimes using gay slurs.

“Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice,” the school statement read.

Rice wasn’t fired immediately, which angered many in the Rutgers community.

“I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice,” athletic director Tim Pernetti said in a statement. “Dismissal and corrective action were debated in December and I thought it was in the best interest of everyone to rehabilitate, but I was wrong. Moving forward, I will work to regain the trust of the Rutgers community.”


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