Whistleblower Eric Murdock Sues Rutgers in Mike Rice Abuse Case
By Katie Zezima
EAST HANOVER, N.J. — A former Rutgers University employee who made public the video that led to the basketball coach’s dismissal and the athletic director’s resignation has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the university.
Eric Murdock filed the lawsuit in state court, accusing the university of violating the state’s employee protection act and his contract and of retaliating against him for complaining about the mistreatment of players.
“Efforts to get Rutgers to address their problems were ignored for months,” Murdock said at a news conference in a banquet facility. “Instead I was removed from my position. That is wrong and why I filed a lawsuit.”
Murdock said his lawyer wrote to the university about coach Mike Rice’s “unlawful conduct” in July and gave the university video in November showing Rice pushing players, throwing basketballs at them and berating them with invectives, including gay slurs.
“Despite having been in possession of such video footage, the university and its representatives inexplicably chose to ignore Defendant Rice’s unlawful conduct,” the lawsuit said.
The public airing of the videos led to Rice’s firing and the resignation of athletic director Tim Pernetti.
The school, Rice, Pernetti, university President Robert L. Barchi and former President Richard L. McCormick were all named as defendants in the lawsuit.