Mike Rice, the basketball coach at Rutgers University, was suspended for three games, fined $50,000, and was made to undergo anger management classes in December, but will get to keep his job, said Athletic Director Time Pernetti.
In a video given to Pernetti by Eric Murdock, the former director of player development, shows Rice repeatedly swearing and throwing basketballs at players’ heads, shoving, kicking and grabbing them on the basketball court during practices. You can also clearly hear Rice reprimanding a player, calling him a “fairy”, and using the word “faggot.”
After viewing the footage, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was “deeply disturbed” by it, according to Christie’s Press Secretary Michael Drewniak.
“Governor Christie strongly condemns this behavior,” said Drewniak. “It’s not the type of leadership we should be showing our young people and clearly there are questions about this behavior that need to be answered by the leaders at Rutgers University.”
ESPN reports that Eric Murdock’s contract was not renewed last year, and he plans to sue the college for wrongful termination.