NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice is in some hot water.
And that might be the understatement of the month.
Rutgers said late Tuesday it would reconsider its decision to retain Rice after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players and using gay slurs during practice.
Rice was suspended for three games without pay and fined $50,000 in December for behaving inappropriately and using language that the university deemed offensive.
Rice’s actions were caught on tape, and ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” aired the footage on Tuesday.
The video immediately garnered national attention, as Rice is seen both physically and verbally abusing his players. The head coach included gay slurs in his rants — he allegedly called the players “f***ing f***ot” and “f***ing fairy” — and even threw basketballs at his players.
Some footage showed Rice heaving a basketball at a player’s head and kicking another.
And now, questions have arisen over the apparent slap on the wrist for the coach.
Eric Murdock, who was previously the director of player development for the program, said that Rice’s actions led multiple players to transfer.