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BJ'S BLOG 04/09/13 "Mike Rice"

Last week on the show, we talked about former Rutgers University basketball coach Mike Rice and the video that caused his firing.

Originally he was only suspended three games when a video surfaced of him berating, pushing, kicking, cursing and throwing basketballs at the players during practices.  Rice was later fired after ESPN's “Outside the Lines” aired several hours of the abuse.

For those who haven’t seen the footage of him being too aggressive verbally and physically with his team:




He later issued an apology and I have to give him credit for at least being totally accountable and contrite. I hope this starts a trend for people who really mess up.  

Here is the video of him apologizing:




When he gave his apology, he didn’t mitigate or make any excuses for his actions.

Here is the thing, I watched the video and because I was a child of the 60’s, this behavior is not out of the ordinary to me.  I say this because we are a culture that will changes its beliefs and mores as the years go by and this guy grew up, just like me, in a time where this was the norm especially in sports.

What he didn’t realize was that the world changed and he didn’t change along with it.
I’m not defending what he did and I’m glad that we do not tolerate this kind of behavior from a coach anymore but for someone my age, it didn’t shock me as much as the rest of the world.


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04/09/2013 9:39AM
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04/09/2013 3:38PM
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didn't Bobbie Knight this same garbage only to be hired by another university. if he gets hired the we need to boycott the school. this type of behavior is uncalled for. they should never be aloud. i think he should be prosecuted.
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