Rutgers Controversy Sparks Political Firestorm Four Months After It's Initial Reveal

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
April 5, 2013

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The Rutgers controversy involving its basketball coach and how he treated his players began back in November.  Now four months later it has all of a sudden become a hot button political issue.

It was in the fall of last year that coach Mike Rice was initially suspended when the controversial video of him hurling balls and homophobic slurs at players came to athletic Director Tim Pernetti’s attention. Yet it’s only this past week that everyone from the Governor on down has offered their two cents on the issue. Peter Woolley is Professor of Political Science at Farleigh Dickinson.

“Once it’s become the topic of the day throughout the state and in fact it’s a national story everybody feels they have to comment, some people can get up front and comment and posture and take advantage of that fact to get some air time.”

Woolley says big time sports is really big time politics, the stakes are high and the competition is fierce.


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