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Report: Rutgers player claims he was bullied, threatened by defensive coordinator

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The school that fired a men’s basketball coach just earlier this year due to crossing a line with his players is once again in familiar territory. This time it comes on the football field.

Rutgers defensive coordinator Dave Cohen has been accused of abusive language and threats to defensive back Jevon Tyree. Tyree left the team in the spring after one incident apparently crossed the line for the 19-year-old. According to a report by NJ.com, Tyree and his family are pursuing legal action against Cohen, suggesting the assistant coach’s actions and behavior was spread to other coaches and resulted in Tyree’s position on the team dropping and eventually leading to his exclusion from team meetings.

“I really think disciplinary action should happen, almost to the point where (Cohen) should get fired. I really do,” Mark Tyree, Jevon’s father, said to NJ.com. “That’s how bad it is, especially for the damage he’s done to Jevon.”

Tyree has not appeared on the team’s two-deep depth chart this season. He has appeared in just one game this season, a week two game against Norfolk State. Tyree was a three-star recruit from New Jersey according to Rivals, choosing Rutgers over offers from Penn State, Iowa, Maryland, Georgia Tech and more.

Tyree claims Cohen once threatened to head-butt him during a study session.

“He definitely said some things that people were shocked by,” Tyree said. “They were wondering why I didn’t hit him in his face. Players put themselves in my shoes and they were like, ‘Tyree, if that was me, I would have went off.’ I’m not that type of person. I’m not going to do something crazy.”

Given the recent bullying episodes seen with the Rutgers basketball team and more recently with the Miami Dolphins, this story will be another one to keep an eye on.

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12 Responses to “Report: Rutgers player claims he was bullied, threatened by defensive coordinator”
  1. psly2124 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:46 PM

    Another crybaby who couldn’t hack it and wants a payday. Let me guess the next accusation he makes are going to be racial slurs. If I were the coach I’d slap a lawsuit on the kid and his family for slander seeking 6 figures in damages. Until someone steps up and does it, it will continue

  2. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:48 PM

    Okay maybe there is something to this one, but I think these stories are going to be more and more. These guys come out of high school being tokd they are the best, then they find guys are better than them and the coaches push them. Then they are being “bullied.” I bet Schiano wasn’t easy on them. If the coach crossed the line, then fine they should be reprimanded. These stories are starting to grow.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Nov 15, 2013 10:33 PM

    It’s just Rutgers. They can’t compete on the field without resorting to this kind of behavior. Look at their history.

  4. Deb says: Nov 15, 2013 10:36 PM

    We can’t pass judgment on these situations without more info. Yeah, some of these kids are spoiled brats (Craig James’s kid comes to mind) who’ve been over-indulged high-school stars and expect college coaches to roll out the red carpet. But some coaches are abusive jackasses who rant and rave like lunatics (it’s been a long day so only Toronto’s mayor comes to mind, but we’ve all seen film of coaches who behave just like him).

    It’s impossible to know whether this is a whiny kid going after a good coach … or a good kid speaking up about a jerk coach … without knowing more details.

  5. mauldawg says: Nov 15, 2013 10:57 PM

    The boys that cant hack it will now be coming out of the woods. They will be looking for a pay day.

  6. fearthehoody says: Nov 15, 2013 11:40 PM

    More bully stories please!

  7. rcali says: Nov 15, 2013 11:46 PM

    If the coach had a problem with this student athlete he should have given him a time-out. I think that’s the only form of discipline that can’t get you either fired or have boys and adults use the bully line. Although I have a feeling time-outs will become bullying too very soon if somebody can sue for it.

  8. opiedamus says: Nov 16, 2013 12:12 AM

    Had a coach tell me he would stuff me into my locker in high school…..it’s been 20+ years, but can I sue him for being a bully?!? In retrospect, I was a bit smarmy and needed an ass whipping…….but I’m working too hard if I can get easy money…… For the record, I hate “feelings” and their ilk

  9. jimbo75025 says: Nov 16, 2013 1:58 AM

    opiedamus says: Nov 16, 2013 12:12 AM

    Had a coach tell me he would stuff me into my locker in high school…..it’s been 20+ years, but can I sue him for being a bully?!?
    ——
    My HS coach told me that if he told to haul azz, I would have to make two trips. I am waiting for my check also.

    Actually, I guess I should thank him-as it lit a fire under me and now 20 years later I am proud to say I have finally achieved having to make three trips.

  10. apkyletexas says: Nov 16, 2013 9:58 AM

    jimbo75025 says:
    Nov 16, 2013 1:58 AM
    opiedamus says: Nov 16, 2013 12:12 AM

    Had a coach tell me he would stuff me into my locker in high school…..it’s been 20+ years, but can I sue him for being a bully?!?
    ——
    My HS coach told me that if he told to haul azz, I would have to make two trips. I am waiting for my check also.

    Actually, I guess I should thank him-as it lit a fire under me and now 20 years later I am proud to say I have finally achieved having to make three trips.

    =======================

    My HS Coach wouldn’t start me at QB, even though I could gun the deep ball at least 20 yards, and I could run a 40 in under 6 seconds flat.

    If it hadn’t been for his bullying, I would have gotten a date with the head cheerleader to the prom (whose dad was rich), and we would have got married and my life would be totally better today.

    I think that coach owes me about $10 million. Can I bring a lawsuit from bullying in 1981?

  11. ddmcd1974 says: Nov 16, 2013 11:16 AM

    I hate this crap. As long as the coach didn’t throw this clown around for racial reason or induce physical harm(via kicks punches etc) then his beef is because he isn’t getting playing time and in today’s age these kids and parents now see bullying as a way out. Being called a pus sy may hurt your feelings but it should be eternalized and used on the practice field. Now if teammates come out and say this guy is the best player on the team and the coaches are just being nasty to him well then the team should discuss this with the coaches. Remember team locker rooms are theirs and they need to take control of it. Even at college or high school the locker room is the players not coaches. The new rules of everyone wins and does great is going to manifest itself over time and this type of bullying is an example. Why am I being yelled out or singled out even if I’m not as good as you or I thought. No need to try and motivate me or push me I’m as good as I am gonna be and you deal with that, ok coach. That’s how these kids think now. Some not all. We will reap what we sow as we usually do.

  12. normtide says: Nov 16, 2013 2:58 PM

    Every football coach I ever had was a bully. Yell, talk trash, threaten. Check all three off. However, there is a line that shouldn’t be crossed. It was called tough love back then. I always knew the coaches were good people, they would have your back.

    The thing now is, some kids can’t handle it. I doubt coaching has changed that much. It’s the kids that are different. If your coach yelled at you, your parents told you to straighten up, they didn’t want to sue the coach. Not saying which is right, just saying things have changed.

    99% of former players will tell you, a coach helped teach them to be a man. Tough love, not abuse or bullying.

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