Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 4/2/13

Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice was suspended three games and fined $50,000 in December after the school’s athletic director saw video of the coach abusing his players in practice, and now video of his horrific behavior has been made public. ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” obtained video of Rice’s conduct in practice — likely through former Rutgers director of player development Eric Murdock, who was fired by the school in July — and it shows Rice verbally and physically abusing his players. The video shows Rice kicking players, shoving them, pushing them and throwing balls at them. He also verbally abuses the players. According to ESPN, Rice calls the players “fa–ots,” “mother—-ers,” “pu–ies,” “sissy b-tches,” and “c—-,” among other epithets. Murdock intends to sue the school for wrongful termination, saying that he was fired for complaining about Rice’s conduct. Murdock believes Rice was able to get away with the abuse because he was on his best behavior when anyone came into the gym. He didn’t go back to his abusive form until others left. Rutgers is moving to the Big Ten next season and Rice will be in the final season of his contract. The school’s athletic director told The Star-Ledger last month that Rice would be back next season. Rice is 44-51 in three seasons at Rutgers, including a 17-39 mark in Big East play. Rice had to undergo sensitivity training as part of his punishment, and there was a stipulation that his practice would be monitored by someone outside the team. I don’t see how Rutgers could dare to keep Rice after this. Related posts: Video: Johnny Flynn Monster Dunk Against Rutgers on Mike Rosario Rutgers Screwed by Referees at End of St. John’s Game (Video) Vivian Stringer Paid $1.3 Million Despite Rutgers Program Losing $2.2 Million

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