After reports and videos surfaced of Mike Rice, Rutgers men’s basketball coach who was fired Wednesday, athletic director Tim Pernetti resigned. The news was announced Friday during a press conference held by the university. “My continued tenure as athletic director is no longer sustainable for the university,” Pernetti stated in a resignation letter to the university’s president.
Pernetti made the decision to release Rice on Wednesday, five months after the incriminating videos surfaced back in November. The videos of the incident display Rice using anti-gay slurs, shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players during practice. They were brought to Pernetti’s attention by a former employee and Rice was suspended for three games, fined $75,000 and ordered to attend anger management classes.
After the videos were broadcasted Tuesday by ESPN and received criticism, Pernetti was left no other options but to fire Rice. The network said the videos showed practice sessions between 2010 and 2012.