Months after a bullying scandal roiled Rutgers men's basketball team, leading to the firing of head coach Mike Rice, new allegations of bullying have forced Rutgers into a defensive posture.
Former Rutgers cornerback Jevon Tyree, who quit the team Nov. 6, is asking the school to discipline defensive coordinator David Cohen for allegedly calling him a "p---y" and a "b---h," and threatening to head-butt him, according to a report on NJ.com.
In a statement released Friday night, Rutgers says the situation, which allegedly took place in April, "was dealt with immediately."
"Cohen apologized the following day for his participation in the escalation of banter, which resulted in the use of inappropriate language," the statement said. "This was an isolated incident. At no time was there any threat of physical violence, which was verified by an academic counselor, who was present in the room."
According to Tyree, Cohen bullied him for no reason in front of about 10 teammates and a tutor. The redshirt freshman said the incident led to his ostracization from teammates and the coaching staff, leading to a decline of practice repetitions and any shot at playing time. Ultimately, Tyree made the decision to quit the team.
"I really think disciplinary action should happen, almost to the point where [Cohen] should get fired. I really do," Jevon Tyree's father, Mark, told NJ.com. "That's how bad it is, especially for the damage he's done to Jevon."
Tyree is still attending classes at Rutgers but according to NJ.com, he plans to transfer.