Rutgers President Robert Barchi apologizes to students, reads Tim Pernetti's resignation

Rutgers University Athletic Director Tim Pernetti resigned today, the latest casualty of the fallout surrounding a video taken during basketball practice that shows former coach

University President Robert Barchi held a press conference Friday to apologize to the Rutgers community.

University President Robert Barchi held a press conference Friday to apologize to the Rutgers community. (4/5/13)

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University Athletic Director Tim Pernetti resigned today, the latest casualty of the fallout surrounding a video taken during basketball practice that shows former coach Mike Rice shoving players and using gay slurs.

In his letter of resignation, Pernetti said university officials persuaded him not to fire Rice.

University President Robert Barchi held a press conference Friday to apologize to the Rutgers community.

"I want to personally apologize to the entire Rutgers community, our faculty, our staff, our students, our parents, our alumni, and the many others who support the great work of this university for the negative impact that this situation has had on Rutgers," Barachi said. "I apologize to any student athletes on the team who may have been personally harmed. The kind of chronic and pervasively abusive behavior demonstrated on that video is unacceptable and does not represent the high standards of leadership and accountability we strive for within the Rutgers athletic program."

The anti-gay slurs that Rice allegedly used struck a particularly painful note following the death of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who committed suicide after his roommate spied on his encounter with another man.

"I also apologize to the LGBT community and all of us who share their values for the homophobic slurs shown on that video," Pernetti said in his apology. "I personally know how hurtful that language can be."

Last December, the Rutgers administration decided only to fine and suspend Rice for three games. After the outrage surrounding the video, which was shown on ESPN, Rice was terminated by the university.

In his resignation letter, Pernetti said, "I trust that my tenure at Rutgers will not be judged by this one incident."

Barchi said his future at the university is up to the school's board.

For more on Tim Pernetti's resignation, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.  

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