06 April, 2013

CNN Breaking News

Rutgers University’s athletic director, Tim Pernetti, has resigned in the wake of a video showing former head basketball coach Mike Rice’s abusive behavior toward players.

Rice was fired Wednesday, a day after the controversial video was released by ESPN. It showed Rice shoving players, throwing basketballs at their heads and shouting apparent homophobic slurs at them.

Pernetti had been under fire for his handling of the Rice incident. Pernetti had suspended and fined Rice for his behavior when he learned of it last year. Critics this week said the punishment had been insufficient and that the coach should have been fired at the time.

Rutgers assistant basketball coach Jimmy Martelli, who was videotaped shoving an unidentified player, resigned on the same day as Rice’s firing.

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