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April 3rd, 2013
05:21 AM ET

Rutgers coach suspended, fined after video surfaces of players being abused – Pamela Brown reports

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(CNN) - A video released by ESPN shows Rutgers University's head basketball coach shoving players, kicking them, hurling balls at their heads and yelling what appears to be homophobic slurs and profanity.

The video released Tuesday features Coach Mike Rice during the men's basketball team practices. It was not made public until Tuesday.

In addition to grabbing and shoving players, in the video Rice also berates them and uses profanity.

Rutgers athletic director Tom Pernetti suspended the coach for three games and fined him $50,000 after watching the video in November. He said he chose suspension rather than termination even though both options were on the table.

"Accountability is a vital element of the Rutgers Athletic family and it is imperative our head coaches act and lead in a responsible manner," Pernetti said in a news release in December.

CNN attempts to reach Rutgers University, Pernetti and Rice were unsuccessful Tuesday.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Pamela Brown reports on the newly released video and how it could impact Rice's coaching future.

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