Fired Rutgers Coach: I Embarrassed My Family

Mike Rice 'deeply sorry' after player abuse scandal

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 3, 2013 11:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mike Rice, the Rutgers basketball coach fired after he was caught on video abusing players, says he is "deeply sorry for the pain and the hardship that I've caused." He tells ABC News there's "no explanation for what's on those films because there is no excuse for it, I was wrong." He adds, "I've let so many people down—my players, my administration, Rutgers University, the fans, my family, who's sitting in their house, just huddled around because of the fact that their father was an embarrassment to them."

In this March 12, 2013, file photo, Rutgers coach Mike Rice yells out to his team during an NCAA college basketball game against DePaul at the Big East tournament in New York.
In this March 12, 2013, file photo, Rutgers coach Mike Rice yells out to his team during an NCAA college basketball game against DePaul at the Big East tournament in New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
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