Mike Rice speaks at Nike Skills Academy camp

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Mike Rice has been out of the public spotlight from the time of his firing until Tuesday. (USATSI)
Mike Rice had been out of the public spotlight from the time of his firing until Tuesday. (USATSI)

Mike Rice, the disgraced former Rutgers coach who lost his job in April after practice video of him physically and verbally abusing players surfaced, spoke at a Nike camp on Tuesday. The news comes by way of a report from Yahoo Sports.

A source confirmed the news to CBSSports.com's Jeff Borzello Tuesday night.

The Nike Skills Academy allowed Rice to speak in Union, N.J., on Tuesday. Rice confirmed via text message to Yahoo Sports of his attendance. This marks Rice's first public appearance/speaking engagement since his firing.

Rice referred to himself as a "viewing guest of John Lucas," at the camp. Rice spoke to a group of college players at the camp at Kean University and spent the rest of the day watching the workouts on the sideline.

The camp is arguably Nike's most prestigious for elite college and high school players. Rice's appearance is in coordination with John Lucas, who invited him. This comes after Rice reportedly spent five weeks in anger management at Lucas' Houston-based treatment center.

The details of Rice's speech at the camp were not revealed in the report.

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