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Abuse in sports: Why Mike Rice not Bob Knight

With all the blood, sweat and tears in practice and games, athletes at the high school, collegiate and professional levels continually take mental and physical abuse from staff and coaches.

Most of the abuse is mental; coaches appear to control every aspect of athlete’s lives from how much they eat to who they see. A majority of the time players are rejected by their coaches if they don’t follow their rules and are punished, which can include sprinting for long periods of time, pushups, sit-ups and sometimes physical and emotional abuse.

Mike Rice standing with the basketball team. Image from New York Times.
Mike Rice standing with the basketball team. Image from The New York Times.

In the wake of Rutgers University scandal where now former head coach Mike Rice was fired, the commonality of this behavior leads many, as well as myself, to wonder why he was fired. Rice was terminated on Wed, April 3, after a videotape was aired that showed him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players, as well as using derogatory gay slurs. Continue reading Abuse in sports: Why Mike Rice not Bob Knight