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Sports Coaches - Abuse or Motivation?

Posted by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 12:58 PM
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Mike Rice was fired today from Rutgers for being abusive to his players. The video above shows him shoving, hitting, and throwing balls at his players. I feel sorry for every player and coach that was associated with his program and had to witness that kind of abuse.

I remember when my son was playing football in high school, he would sometimes complain about how rough and tough his coaches were as well. Do you guys think that this is just part of the game? And when do motivational actions cross the line of becoming abuse?

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JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 1:29 PM

 I don't like watching it.  On one hand I say it's abusive.  On the other hand, we aren't talking about 10-year-old kids here.  These are all adult men who choose to stay on the team.  I'm not saying this is how a coach should act.  At the same time, I'm having a hard time drumming up a lot of outrage.

Mommy_of_Riley
by Just Jess on Apr. 3, 2013 at 2:02 PM
There's a line.

The Rutgers coach at one point hit a player in the head wit a ball and screamed "you fu**ing Fairy!"
Line crossed.
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susan115
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 2:05 PM

I am on the fence for this one.  Why now?  These photos are a few years old?  Would the coach of fired him if the pictures didn't come to light?  What was the motivation?  Like, I said I am on the fence with this one.  Part of me thinks this was a set up.

Mommy_of_Riley
by Just Jess on Apr. 3, 2013 at 2:07 PM
The school is being looked at for hiding the abuse.



Quoting susan115:

I am on the fence for this one.  Why now?  These photos are a few years old?  Would the coach of fired him if the pictures didn't come to light?  What was the motivation?  Like, I said I am on the fence with this one.  Part of me thinks this was a set up.

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Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Apr. 3, 2013 at 2:45 PM

 Should it be accepted or acceptable? No

Realistically is it happening all over the place? Probably.

susan115
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM

See that is why I am on the fence, why did the school hide it?  Was it to fire him down the road, closer to retirement or did they expect something from him.  That's my problem.  If they said it is part of his personality and he is taking anger management classe years ago, I would say ok and if they decided to fire him, it should of been done 5 years.


Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

The school is being looked at for hiding the abuse.



Quoting susan115:

I am on the fence for this one.  Why now?  These photos are a few years old?  Would the coach of fired him if the pictures didn't come to light?  What was the motivation?  Like, I said I am on the fence with this one.  Part of me thinks this was a set up.



JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 4:45 PM

This is actually near where I live. I think he went way over the line. I am glad they finally decided to fire him. 

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