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Gov. Christie 'Deeply Disturbed' By Video Of Rutgers Basketball Coach

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NEWARK, N.J. -

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday responded to video that surfaced of a Rutgers basketball coach using slurs and grabbing his players, calling it "deeply disturbing."

The video, which was obtained by ESPN's Outside the Lines, shows coach Mike Rice as he appears to berate players, yell slurs and throw basketballs at them.

"Gov. Christie saw the video today for the first time and he is obviously deeply disturbed by the conduct displayed and strongly condemns this behavior," a statement issued by Christie's press secretary Michael Drewniak read.

"It's not the type of leadership we should be showing our young people and clearly there are questions about this behavior that need to be answered by the leaders at Rutgers University," the statement continued.

The Associated Press reports a copy of the video was given to Scarlet Knights athletic director Tim Pernetti in late November by a former employee. The video resulted in the suspension of Rice for three games, a fine and anger management classes, according to the AP report.

You can watch ESPN's story "OTL: Rutgers' Rice Berates Players at Practice" on the ESPN website.

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