Mike Rice coaches 12-year-old girls team
by Simon Samano, USA TODAY Sports
Disgraced ex-Rutgers coach Mike Rice already is back to coaching. In fact, Rice never stopped despite being fired two weeks ago after a video surfaced in which he was caught physically abusing players and calling them names, which included homophobic slurs.
Deadspin.com, citing tweets from Hoopscritic.com, reported that Rice was coaching 12-year-old girls Sunday in an AAU game in New Jersey.
According to The Asbury Park Press, Rice coaching this AAU team isn’t news as he’s been involved with his daughter Katie’s team for some time. Also, according to the paper, parents of girls on the AAU team pushed back on Twitter after Deadspin’s report surfaced Sunday, defending Rice and claiming distortion on the part of the contributor.
“The Deadspin report is a gross misrepresentation of the facts,” a person close to the AAU team told SportsNet New York. “The team’s parents are fully behind Coach Rice and his instruction of their daughters.”
Still, this all comes as a bit of a shocker, doesn’t it?… [For more on Mike Rice coaches 12-year-old girls team; parents back disgraced ex-Rutgers coach, click here.]