April 3, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Rutgers basketball coach fired
Mike Rice, Rutgers, gay news, Washington Blade

Mike Rice (Image via YouTube)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers University on Wednesday fired its men’s basketball coach after ESPN aired portions of a video that shows him using anti-gay slurs against his players.

The 40-minute clip the network aired on Tuesday shows Mike Rice calling his players a “fucking fairy” and a “fucking faggot” during practice. The video also shows him throwing basketballs at their heads and pushing them.

Rutgers suspended Rice last December for three games and fined him $50,000. The Star-Ledger reported athletic director Tim Pernetti said the gay slur was “at the core of the suspension.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the Human Rights Campaign are among those who criticized Rice’s comments.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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