Transcript for Ex-Rutgers Coach Embarrassed, Shocked, Saddened by Video
Emotional and revealing conversation with mike rice, the rutgers basketball coach who was fired seven months after video surfaced of his shocking treatment of his players. I sat down with rice for his first extensive television interview since the scandal that cost him his job seven months ago. You have likely never heard of former rutgers coach mike rice, before rice was featured in the highlight reel seen around the world. Take a look at this shocking video making headlines this morning. P. A basketball coach from rutgers university, caught on tape, attacking his college players. Reporter: Watch as he punches players from behind, hurling balls at their heads and their groins. Big, strong athletes, against their coach, defenseless. And when you turn up the sound, you hear the verbal abuse. Ranting, swearing, even screaming homophobic slurs. I met mike rice and his wife last week for his first sitdown television interview. After the public had seen that video, what was it like at home? Obviously, it was devastating for all of us. The video being played over and over again. My first reaction when I saw the tape was, one of embarrassment. Of shock. Of sadness that I would put myself in a situation like this. Reporter: You were a bully. There was some actions that were certainly -- that were bullying, yes. Reporter: Mike's credo, practice must be harder than games. That temper, never far from the surface. At the time I thought it was necessary to get my team or that individual to be tough. Reporter: Some of the harshest criticism came as a result of the anti-gay slurs. Looking for answers, mike reached out to students involved with glisn, the gay, lesbian and straight network. You helped perpetuate that ster stereotype. That was a hard lesson, for sure. Reporter: Where do you go from here, mike? You go and you continue -- sorry. You go and continue to be a good father. Where that takes me, I'm not real sure. You will see much more of my interview with mike rice tonight at 10:00 p.M. Eastern, on abc's "20/20." His wife, as well. Hi children were there for the interview. When you hear, tonight on "20/20," from the glisn students, who did not hold back and really told him what those words he went and how hurtful they were, and how he's trying to -- he doesn't make excuses for his actions. He's trying to change and bring awareness to those types of words and actions are not acceptable. You can see it got to him. The phrasing, lessons learned. You can see it got to him and gets to him still. Yeah. Much more on "20/20" tonight. Those kids, for being able to deliver a message. Yes. Can't wait to see it.
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