Friday, June 14, 2013
Murdock: Rice treated players 'like slaves'
By Mike Mazzeo
During an 11-minute recording riddled with profanities, Eric Murdock said that former Rutgers coach Mike Rice treated his players “like slaves.”
“Just cracking the whip. That’s all you’re doing. [You’re] cracking the whip. And when the [expletive] can’t deliver, you cut his toe off like [expletive] Kunta Kinte,” Murdock, attempting to characterize Rice's approach, said in the recording, which was taken on June 29, 2012.
The recording was obtained by The Chronicle of Higher Education through public records.
Rice was fired by the university after “Outside The Lines” obtained video, provided by Murdock, that showed he abused his players. Murdock served as Rice’s director of player development for three seasons before his contract was not renewed. Murdock felt that was unjust.
According to The Chronicle, the recording was taken by an assistant coach. It was used by the university in its investigation of Rice.
Murdock filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the school. He is being investigated by the FBI for possible extortion.