Former Rutgers player says he was bullied by coach

    Rutgers DC Dave Cohen allegedly bullied a former player)    
Rutgers DC Dave Cohen allegedly bullied a former player. (USATSI)

Former Rutgers defensive back Jevon Tyree claims that Rutgers defensive coordinator Dave Cohen bullied and verbally abused him.

According to Tyree, Cohen got in his face during a study session in April, calling him a "pussy" and a "bitch" and also threatening to head butt him. Tyree claims the incident occurred in front of ten teammates and an academic advisor, and that it affected his standing with the team.

Tyree claims he lost reps in practice, had no shot at playing time and was even excluded from team meetings. He quit the team when coaches decided to play a wide receiver on defense instead of him despite a spate of injuries in the Rutgers secondary.

"I really think disciplinary action should happen, almost to the point where (Cohen) should get fired. I really do," said Jevon Tyree's father, Mark Tyree. "That's how bad it is, especially for the damage he's done to Jevon."

Rutgers released a statement on Friday night saying that Cohen apologized "the following day for his participation in the escalation of the banter." The statement also said that Cohen was reprimanded by Rutgers coach Kyle Flood and that "at no time was there any threat of physical violence, which was verified by an academic counselor, who was present in the room."

All of this comes after Rutgers fired basketball coach Mike Rice for bullying his players.

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