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Whistleblower sues Rutgers in abusive coach case

Published April 5, 2013 12:29 pm

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NEWARK, N.J. • A former Rutgers University employee who made public the video that led to the basketball coach's dismissal and athletic director's resignation has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the university.

Eric Murdock filed the lawsuit Friday in state court.

He claims the university violated the state's employee protection act and his contract.

Murdock was director of player development for the basketball program. His contract wasn't renewed in July.

He says he was let go after a dispute with Coach Mike Rice about skipping a camp and, ultimately, because he complained about Rice's mistreatment of players.

Murdock says he first gave the university video in November showing Rice pushing and yelling gay slurs at players. The public airing of the videos this week led to Rice's firing and the resignation of Athletic Director Tim Pernetti.

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