Rutgers basketball assistant resigns after video surfaces

Posted at 11:30 AM, Apr 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-05 11:44:54-04
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Rutgers men’s assistant basketball coach Jimmy Martelli

(CNN) — Rutgers men’s assistant basketball coach Jimmy Martelli resigned the same day his boss was fired after ESPN broadcast a lengthy video of players being physically and verbally abused, the university told CNN on Thursday.

Rutgers gave no reason for Martelli’s resignation Wednesday.

The outcry over the treatment of the players arose after ESPN on Tuesday showed footage of head coach Mike Rice shoving and berating players.

ESPN reported Thursday that Martelli also was involved, in a handful of instances where he shoved players and at least one instance where he called a player “a f**king fa**ot.”

The network posted a different video on its website that showed Martelli getting physical with players and an interview with Eric Murdock, a former director of player development for the Scarlet Knights, who said Martelli was known as “Baby Rice.”

Martelli, son of longtime St. Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli, joined the Rutgers staff in May 2010 after three seasons as an assistant under Rice at Robert Morris, which twice made the NCAA tournament.

In a statement obtained by CNN, Martelli said, “I am sickened that as an assistant coach I contributed in any way to an unacceptable culture. Wednesday I resigned from Rutgers and I hope that coaches on all levels will learn something important from these events. For my actions, I am deeply sorry and I apologize to the players from the bottom of my heart.”