Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 4/4/13

The general consensus regarding former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice has been that he deserved to be fired. Many who saw the clips of chucking basketballs at players’ heads and screaming gay slurs at them feel that Rice should never be allowed to coach college basketball again. Then there are people like Chipper Jones. The former Atlanta Braves star took to Twitter on Wednesday to basically defend Rice, saying that he dealt with some rough treatment from coaches growing up and that it is not a big deal. I got cursed at and called names by a ton of people growing up. Were they fired? Nope! Do I care? Nope! What’s the big deal? Toughen up! — Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) April 3, 2013 Yeah, been hit w/ bball equipment on purpose, been dragged around a football field by my facemask and ran suicides til I puked! I ain’t mad. — Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) April 3, 2013 We know at least one ex-Rutgers player has a similar opinion to Chipper’s, although he didn’t express it quite as bluntly. There’s a difference between being a hard-nosed coach and crossing the line. What Rice did completely crosses the line, in my opinion. He gave a choked-up apology after his firing, but that is hardly enough. Anger management classes are probably in order. Related posts: Video: Rutgers coach Mike Rice abusing his players at practice Ex-Rutgers player Mike Coburn defends coach Mike Rice Mike Rice gives choked-up apology after being fired by Rutgers (Video)

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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