On Wednesday, conservative news host Sean Hannity defended Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice, who was fired for verbally and physically abusing his players.
ESPN released video earlier this week that showed the coach throwing balls at his players' heads, kicking them, shoving them, feigning punching them, and yelling "fucking faggot" "cunts" and "sissy bitches" at them. As the video spread, Rutgers moved quickly and fired Rice.
Hannity said Rice was simply trying to get the best out of his players:
"I’m watching this and I’m thinking...I kind of like old-fashioned discipline. I mean, have we become that politically incorrect? These are adults, they don’t want to play for that team, they can leave.
He’s trying to bring the best out of them, put discipline in that team, raise their game, force them to focus, push them become champions and that takes intensity. It’s like a drill sergeant. Are we now going to fire drill sergeants because they get in the face of cadets? Is that next on the list of politically incorrect things we can’t do?
I can understand, stop hitting them maybe. But I like the intensity, I like the drive, I like that he’s pushing those kids and he runs a tight ship. Maybe we need a little more discipline in society and maybe we don’t have to be a bunch of wimps for the rest of our lives."