Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 4/10/13
Mike Rice may have abused his players in practice once they put on a Rutgers uniform but the fired basketball coach actually gave a heads up about the shocking video to one recruit to keep him from being blindsided by the scandalous footage. Shane Rector, a former standout point guard at St. Raymond's in the Bronx, said he was warned about the tape — with its homophobic slurs and basketball projectiles — by Rice himself a few days before the video was released, reports The New York Daily News. "Before the video came out he called me up. He talked to me," said Rector. "He told me there was going to be a video about him online. He wasn’t trying to hide it from me. I still felt comfortable." Rector, who was at a Manhattan health club practicing for Saturday's Jordan Brand Classic regional all-star game at Barclays Center, said Rice's firing swayed him from signing with Rutgers and its uncertain future.  He had verbally committed to Rutgers in January, choosing the Scarlet ...
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