Former Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice attended a training of coaches led by the GLSEN Sports Project today in Chicago. Rice was fired from Rutgers earlier this year when video emerged of him using gay epithets and hitting his players.
Nicodemo and Rice have known each other professionally since the late Nineties.
"He's showing that he knows his actions weren't appropriate, and this is one way of trying to rectify them," Nicodemo said. "Not everyone is educated on these issues. He's trying to educate himself on the community and become more aware of the repercussions of what he did."
GLSEN spokesperson Daryl Presgraves told Outsports his group has been working with Rice since shortly after the coach was dismissed from Rutgers. Rice wanted to understand the hurtful impact of his language on LGBT people, according to Presgraves. The coaches training was the latest step in that education.
The GLSEN Sports Project coaches training was held today at the Center on Halstead in Chicago. The training took place in conjunction with the YOU Belong Sports and Leadership basketball camp, which aims to make sports accessible to LGBT and straight youth, and teach them the life lessons of sport.