FBI Probes Release of Video Showing Rutgers Coach Shoving, Kicking Players

Steve Neavling

The FBI is trying to determine whether a former Rutgers basketball employee tried to extort the university by threatening to release damaging videos showing ex-coach Mike Rice shoving players and calling them gay slurs, the Associated Press reports.

The former employee, Eric Murdock, quit his job last year at the basketball program’s player development director.

A lawyer for Murdock asked the university for $950,000 to avoid a lawsuit, the AP reported.

The video was released last week, and Murdock filed a whistleblower suit Friday against the university.

The video resulted in Rice’s termination and the resignation of athletic director Tim Pernetti, an assistant basketball coach and the university’s top in-house lawyer.

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