Report: Ex-Rutgers F Derrick Randall suing school, Mike Rice

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Former Rutgers coach Mike Rice is named in a lwasuit filed by former forward Derrick Randall. (USATSI)

Former Rutgers forward Derrick Randall has sued the school in wake of the Mike Rice scandal, according to a report by Courthouse News Services.

The report says that the lawsuit was filed in federal court, and includes Rutgers, Rice, school president Robert Barchi, former assistant coach James Martelli, former athletic director Tim Pernetti, and two other school employees.

Randall claims that the abuse he endured made him “lose all confidence in himself and in his athletic abilities, which impacted his ability to perform both on and off the court.”

From the lawsuit:

"The outrageous, intimidating and abusive conduct to which Derrick was subjected included Coach Rice hurling basketballs at his head and legs and hitting, grabbing, striking and shoving him.

"Coach Rice verbally, mentally, and emotionally abused Derrick through violent screaming, cursing and other humiliation tactics, including the use of homophobic slurs and other shockingly derogatory and discriminatory name calling.

"A photograph of Coach Rice grabbing Derrick by the neck and face on the bench during a game, with Derrick looking completely lost and helpless, speaks volumes, as does the video of such abusive behavior."

Randall’s lawyer confirmed the report to The Star-Ledger (N.J.).

Randall, a 6-foot-9 junior from Brooklyn, transferred to Pittsburgh after the Rice scandal. He is averaging 3.1 points and 4.8 rebounds this season. 

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