Edited by: Tommy Parrill (@DearTommy)
I won’t go too in depth with this Rutgers situation, because the media has already done plenty of that. On the other hand, I will break it down to the simplest form for all of you. Mike Rice Jr. was out of line for his actions during basketball practices at Rutgers and for that, he has been fired. A few days ago, I turned on the television and there it was. The head coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights was grabbing, dragging and kicking his players during multiple practices. I personally believe that the media has really blown this into something bigger than it really is, but truth be told, Rice should’ve known better.
Back in the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s, coaches used to yell, curse and get physical with their players all of the time, but that was a different time. You could “get away” with things like that because mom and dad weren’t trying to sue your ass around every corner and everything wasn’t on camera! I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with the way things are today, (except for mommy trying to sue everyone, that’s getting old) you just need to know your role and what time you’re in. Mike Rice didn’t realize that.
As far as social media has come with exposing everything about everybody's life and with a camera recording EVERY PRACTICE, you would think that he would watch himself. He didn’t. He continued to curse, kick and yell his way out of a job. How do you not know that this could get you fired? When the video went viral, that was one thing, but when Lebron James tweeted about the freaking situation, it turned into a national crisis. Lebron only said that if his son played for a coach like that, he would have some serious explaining to do, which is completely fair. What I forgot was that the entire world revolves around Mr. James, and when the media caught that, it blew up like a fart to a fire. Fairly certain the terror level went from orange to red, due to King James. Not too long after that, Rice was relieved of his duties as the Rutgers coach, which is probably for the best. If he isn’t smart enough to control his emotions at a PRACTICE when a camera and a Twitter account is constantly around, then he probably isn’t smart enough to be a Division I basketball coach.
I will admit that I do feel a little bad for you, Mike. From one emotional guy to another, I can understand how your emotions can get the best of you. The only difference between you and me is that I work in an office and behind a radio mic, while you are a high-profile basketball coach! You should’ve known better, and since you didn’t, you are unemployed while I am still bringing in a paycheck. Know your role and get with the times bro.