Rutgers scandal: Tim Pernetti resignation angers McCourty twins, Ray Rice
Count a few pro athletes from the Hudson Valley among those who believe Tim Pernetti, who resigned as Rutgers athletic director Friday amid a growing abuse scandal, got a raw deal.
New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty, a Nanuet native and former Rutgers standout, took to Twitter on Friday afternoon, writing, “So RU made Pernetti resign but they are going to keep this clown as president (Robert Barchi)...He still hasn't taken ownership in his role.”
“RU made @Tim_Pernetti a scapegoat,” he added.
Devin's twin brother, Jason McCourty of the Tennessee Titans, who also played for the Scarlet Knights, followed that up by tweeting: “Highly doubt Rutgers finds an AD that was better than Pernetti!”
Pernetti's critics called for his ouster because he did not dismiss Mike Rice immediately upon learning about the basketball coach's abusive behavior toward players. Instead, Pernetti suspended Rice for three games and fined him $75,000.
Rice was fired Wednesday after ESPN broadcast video of him at practices humming basketballs at players from close range, shoving them and calling them homophobic slurs.
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, a New Rochelle native, was one of several former Scarlet Knights who was part of an online campaign to try to save Pernetti's job.
"Big 10 doesn't happen without Mr. Pernetti," Rice tweeted Thursday night, referring to the program's ascension to one of college sports' power conferences. “He has done a GREAT job for RU, our future is bright with him leading us. #greatman"