Reaction to firing of Mike Rice mixed from Rutgers students, community

The Rutgers community is reacting to the news that the university has fired basketball coach Mike Rice after a video surfaced showing the coach using gay slurs, shoving and kicking players. (4/3/13)

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers students and community members are reacting to the news that the university has fired basketball coach Mike Rice after a video surfaced showing the coach using gay slurs, shoving and kicking players during practice.

Many are upset that the school is in the headlines again for negative reasons. Some feel the school should be extra sensitive to this type of behavior after the focus on bullying during the Tyler Clementi case.

Some students believe the coach should have been fired months ago, others that he shouldn't have been fired at all.

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"That behavior, especially with what happened with Tyler Clementi a few years ago, they should have done something about it," Sophomore Tara Kirk says. "Because it just looks bad on us now."

Rutgers student Sean Donovan says he played basketball for Former coach Mike Rice and says negative behavior could be found in footage from any sports program.

The gay rights group Garden State Equality has also spoken up, calling for an investigation into Rutgers' administration.

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