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Published:April 3rd, 2013 12:20 EST

Rutgers Basketball Coach Mike Rice Fired After Homophobic Rant, Video

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Rutgers fired basketball coach Mike Rice on Wednesday after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs during practice.


The videotape, broadcast Tuesday on ESPN, prompted sharp criticism from Gov. Chris Christie, and the head of the New Jersey Assembly called for Rice to be fired.

Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti was given a copy of the video in late November by a former employee. After hiring independent investigators to analyze the tape, he suspended Rice for three games, fined him $50,000 and ordered him to attend anger management classes. University president Robert Barchi saw the tape and signed off on the initial punishment. "

The Salt Lake Tribune

University president Robert Barchie, who saw the tape and signed off on the initial lenient punishment, should fire athletic director Tim Pernetti, and then promptly resign.

Any university president faced with such incriminating evidence should have immediately fired the violent and homophobic basketball coach.

But it`s apparent that Pernetti and Barchie cared more about preserving the university`s reputation than they did about protecting their student-athletes from an abusive coach.

Mike Rice presided over three largely unsuccessful seasons at the Big East school, had he been a superstar coach he probably wouldn`t even have been reprimanded when the tape first surfaced in November.

"If my son played for Rutgers or a coach like that he would have some real explaining to do and I`m still gone whoop on him afterwards! C`mon," tweeted Lebron James.

C`mon indeed, this incident isn`t over until the enablers of the violent, psychotic and homophobic coach are fired.

C`mon, Barchie and Pernetti do the right thing, and resign.

This video features excerpts of practice sessions shot between 2010 and 2012:

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