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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 11:45 am  |  34 responses

Ray Allen Wanted to Fight Abusive Coach Mike Rice (VIDEO)

The clip above surfaced yesterday, showing Rutgers University head basketball coach Mike Rice physically and verbally abusing his players. Rice was fired today. Ray Allen saw the shocking footage, and says he felt like fighting Rice for the way he treated those kids. Per the Palm Beach Post: “Ray Allen not only watched it prior to entering the Heat’s locker room Tuesday night, but he called over Heat teammates — such as Norris Cole, Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade — to watch. ‘I mean, it was just despicable,’ Allen said. ‘Not only as a parent, but I think about where I went, the places I’ve gone in my career, my parents kind of lent me to all these other people. I’ve been raised not only by Mom and Dad, but by several coaches, AAU coaches, high school coaches and then my college coach, and all of them had a hand in getting me to who I am today. And not to mention the teachers that I grew up under, learning, so we trust in the people we lend our kids off to, to help them grow. And I only hope when I let my kids go, there’s somebody watching them and growing and making sure they do that. What I’ve seen in that video was despicable. It made me want to fight, it made me want to fight this guy, watching him throw the ball at those players. Because that’s me, wanting to learn, you make mistakes, you’re not doing it on purpose, you’re trying to learn. And that’s what coaches should do, you teach. Yelling at kids and throwing balls at them, there’s no place for that.’ [...] Allen said if this happened at UConn, where he is on the Board of Directors, ‘I would do everything I can to make sure that coach got fired, whether it was any sport, because there’s no place for that.’”

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  • shockexchange

    Isn’t that what Sprewell did?

  • spit hot fiyah

    wow! that’s one of the worst basketball related things i have ever seen. he is kind of lucky he hasn’t had the wrong type of player on his hands that would kick him back, or worse.

  • RayJr

    Rutgers should’ve fired him on the spot after learning about this abuse! I hope this a-hole jerk NEVER coaches anybody again! Just sickening and pathetic excuse for a human being to treat kids like this. Imagine how many years he has coached like this to get to this level and how many other players were put through this crap. He makes Bob Knight look like a boy scout.

  • http://twitter.com/ChillFrom91Til Allan

    Lebron James & Ray Allen vs Mike Rice in a steel cage match!

  • TV63

    Agree!

  • LP

    Mike Rice, the head Dodgeball coach at Rutgers University, has been fired…

  • Max

    I mean, I’ve have some tough coaches, but this is just over the top, dang.

  • Tempest

    This guys father must’ve been a reeeeal asshole. He is every name he calls his players. A disgrace to the human race

  • bike

    This kind of abuse probably happens more often than people think. He just happened to get busted. Question is, where is the line? Is verbal abuse w/out physical contact considered OK? Yelling w/out profanity OK? Can a player complain w/out repercussions?

  • G6

    Latrell sprewell turned in his grave

  • RayJr

    lol yeah on a lighter note he would’ve been a fantastic dodge ball coach

  • nike_head

    I feel this is much bigger than basketball, and more programs should be looked at. Especially the smaller programs.

  • JB

    Now Rutgers should fire the President of the university and the AD. It’s a shame that it had to go public for them to fire Rice. Rice should not be given another opportunity to coach at any level. The players should get lawyers and sue the school. SMH

  • hillbilly

    Kicking kids and throwing basketballs at their heads doesn’t build character. It doesn’t make them ‘stronger’ or ‘tougher’. It’s just bullying, plain and simple. What amazes me the most about this story (aside from the fact that he wasn’t fired, immediately) is that, in this age of 24/7 instant access social media, people are still doing dumb sh!t like this and expecting to get away with it.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    The fact that it took this long to fire this guy, when the video surfaced long ago, means that more heads should roll.

  • koloradokobe

    Man, you know you’re a douche when even JESUS wants to put a beat down on your ass.

  • Redd

    And likely will.

  • http://twitter.com/DPisWill DePaul Williams

    haaa

  • initbruv

    My high school coach was like this and we still sucked. I think we all thought we deserved it.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    haha for sure

  • LakeShow

    Mike Rice = Flaming bag of douche

  • Coyboo

    The man has dodged the ball a number of times till he finally got caught

  • K_HOLIDAY

    “I’m waiting for my apology… I told you guys I wasn’t that bad” – Bob Knight

  • KingBenjamin

    I don’t understand how these players didn’t retaliate. I would have snapped and beat the shit out of him. Imagine what would have happened if Latrell Sprewell or Ron Artest was one of his players lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    says the nicest guy in the NBA…

  • KoloradoKobe

    On the serious tip, let’s take a moment to discuss the plantation mentality in college athletics. I can see how players who were subjected to similar abuse wouldn’t want to speak up for fear of jeopardizing their scholarships or being labelled as a “trouble maker” and thereby hurting their draft stock or future prospects. I mean, the report on the video mentions how the coach would be on his best behaviour whenever a superior would visit. So if a player DID raise concerns, maybe he wouldn’t be believed and it would be an uphill battle.

    It makes me wonder how many other coaches at other colleges are doing this to players. I know NCAA sports is corrupt like a motherf*cker and players are exploited like plantation slaves, but damn…I wonder now how many are whipped and beaten like slaves too.

  • nhm

    with all the smart/funny comments in this topic today, this one takes the cake.. maybe i just went through the same thing.

  • The Philosopher

    It’s New Jersey… New Jersey is gully.

  • asdfas

    haha this is a funny video. another!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    hahaha you guys are killing me

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    mike rice will win lol

  • Amber Collier

    uptil I looked at the paycheck that said $4664, I accept that…my… cousin woz like they say realey making money part time on their computer.. there best friend had bean doing this 4 only about 6 months and recently paid for the morgage on there mini mansion and purchased a great new Alfa Romeo. read more at, fab22.comCHECK IT OUT

  • KipSmithers

    They’d be off the team and the story about another “thug” ballplayer.

  • KipSmithers

    The sad part is I’m seeing so many people say this is good to do.

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