PETA to Help Rutgers Spot Any Future Coach Rices

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

Rutgers University Athletic Director Tim Pernetti has admitted that he should have fired men’s basketball coach Mike Rice sooner. Pernetti terminated him after a video showing Rice hitting, kicking, and verbally abusing players went viral—but Pernetti had seen the video in November and had only temporarily suspended Rice and fined him. Players say that the coach’s abusive behavior continued throughout the following months.

Rice has learned that bullies aren’t winners, and now PETA wants to help the institution promote an abuse-free campus. That’s why we’re sending the school free anti-bullying posters to display in its athletic facilities:

Bullies’ victims cross all species barriers. A study conducted by nearby Northeastern University and the Massachusetts SPCA found that people who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against humans. PETA hopes our posters will remind students and faculty to help stop violence by immediately reporting abuse to authorities—no matter who the victim is.

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