In December, Rutgers head basketball coach Mike Rice was suspended for three games and fined $50,000 for inappropriate language and behavior during practices.
Now, the disturbing video of Rice’s actions has been released.
On Tuesday afternoon, ESPN aired a portion of the footage. The coach is seen berating his players, as well as pushing them and throwing basketballs at them. In addition to using foul language, Rice used several gay slurs in the practices.
Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti saw 30 minutes of the tape when he suspended the head coach. ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” obtained several-dozen hours of video that indicates Rice's actions were more than just "inappropriate."
Former NBA player Eric Murdock spoke to “Outside the Lines” and said Rice’s actions forced at least three players to transfer. Gilvydas Biruta was one of those players, and told ESPN that he could no longer take Rice’s verbal abuse.
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"He would throw his cap at me and he would call me many names," said Biruta, who transferred to Rhode Island. "The adjectives were creative. They were mean words."
"If you're going to criticize me as a basketball player, I'm OK with that," Biruta continued. "But he would criticize me as a person."
Below you can see video of Rice’s behavior at practice.