Coach Mike Rice Is Fired But Damage Is Already Done To Players
Rutgers University basketball coach, Mike Rice, is finally paying the price for physically and verbally abusing his players, but sadly his young team members will carry lasting scars.
Rutgers University basketball coach Mike Rice, 44, issued a tearful apology after being fired today, April 3, for hitting, shouting, throwing balls at his players and screaming at them using homophobic slurs. It was completely unacceptable and abusive behavior.
Rutgers Fires Mike Rice For Abusive Behavior
Mike Rice was a bully. And luckily for his team members, his behavior was all caught on tape and exposed to the world. Rutgers officials knew about the abuse since Nov 2012 but they only took major action after widespread public exposure and condemnation. It took a public outcry for Rice, who had led the team since spring 2010, to finally loose his job.
Unfortunately, it’s the young athletes who bore the brunt of his bullying, who will continue to suffer from his abuse, long after he is gone. Rice, after all, should have been an inspiring role model for his players. Coaches often develop very close relationships with their players: it’s not unusual for college players to think of their coach, as a surrogate father.
That’s what makes this situation, especially sad. Instead of being trained, inspired and motivated to be the best that they could be, they were abused by their coach in a way that could be deeply damaging to their self esteem.
“These college kids were being put down at an age when their self esteem is already shaky. They need people supporting them, building them up and not tearing them down,” explains celebrity relationship expert Dr. Gilda Carle, the "30 Second Therapist" at Today.com. “This could have far-reaching affects. The experience could really erode their confidence and that’s not what parents send their kids to college for.”
"And it's certainly not why student athletes play sports." Rutgers University basketball players were on the team of course, to improve their skills and lead their college to victory.
Rutgers Basketball Players Needed Motivation, Not Derision
"What they needed was constructive instruction and positive motivation. Not to be pummeled by basketballs thrown at their bodies and heads, by the coach they should have admired and trusted."