NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Rutgers has fired Mike Rice after a video showing the basketball coach verbally and physically abusing his players caused a public outcry.
On Tuesday, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” aired footage of Rice shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players and yelling gay slurs at them during practice.
In the clips, Rice was seen heaving a basketball at a player’s head and kicking another.
Rice made no attempt Wednesday to excuse or explain the videotaped behavior that led to his downfall.
“I’ve let so many people down,” Rice told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello. “My players, my administration, Rutgers University, the fans … my family, sitting in the house, just huddled around because of the fact their father is an embarrassment to them.
“It’s troubling, but at some time maybe I’ll try to explain it. But right now there’s no explanation for what’s on those films. There is no excuse for it. I was wrong. I want to tell everybody who’s believed in me that I’m deeply sorry for the pain and hardship that I’ve caused.”
The Rutgers athletic department tweeted the termination on Wednesday.
“Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice,” the school said.
The video wasn’t a surprise to Scarlet Knights athletic director Tim Pernetti, who suspended Rice for three games and fined him approximately $75,000 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.
“In the end I am not going to look back and say shoulda, woulda,” Pernetti told WFAN radio on Tuesday. “All I can do is figure out going forward the decisions I can make to fix the problem for Rutgers.”