Rutgers AD reviewing Rice’s job in wake of video
FILE - In this April 10, 2007, file photo, former New England Patriots head coach Chuck Fairbanks talks about former player Darryl Stingley before entering Stingley's funeral service at The Living Word Christian Center in Forest Park, Ill. Fairbanks, who coached Heisman Trophy winner Steve Owens at Oklahoma and spent six seasons as coach of the New England Patriots, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz., after battling brain cancer, the University of Oklahoma said in a news release. He was 79. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
The airing of a videotape of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice using gay slurs, shoving and grabbing his players and throwing balls at them in practice over the past three seasons has the university’s athletic director reconsidering his decision not to fire the coach.
Scarlet Knights AD Tim Pernetti was given a copy of the video in late November by a disgruntled former employee, and he suspended Rice for three games, fined him $50,000 and made him undergo anger management classes for inappropriate behavior after investigating it.
In an interview with WFAN, Pernetti said university President Robert Barchi saw the tape and concurred with his actions against Rice.
ESPN aired the videotape yesterday and it has many on social media criticizing Rutgers, including NBA superstar LeBron James.