Poll: Rutgers coach Mike Rice, abusive or old-fashioned discipline?

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[poll id=”49″]Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice was fired Wednesday after a video of his crazy, abusive behavior toward players went viral.

In a segment of the video released by ESPN on Tuesday, Rice unleashed physical and verbal abuse on the players.

According to ESPN, Rice was suspended for three days and fined $50,000 in December after Rutgers officials saw a full 30-minute video of the coach in action.

While many people were disgusted by Rice’s behavior and applauded his dimissal, Fox News’ Eric Bolling stood alone Wednesday on “The Five,” defending Rice from what he called the “wussification of American men.”

Bolling said:

We’re in the midst of political correctness crushing our ability to teach kinds, to discipline kids, to disagree with people or one another or kids. Our culture is in decline, but this is an example of our culture in free fall and I’m saying this because he got fired, not because of what he did.

I talk about the wussification of American men, and this is it. Are we better off as a nation now with all of the PC’ing, the wimpifiying, the wussificating and basically making men chihuahuas?

Later on Fox News, conservatives Michelle Malkin and Sean Hannity echoed Bolling’s statements, sharing the “old-fashioned” physical discipline they both received as children.

Mediate reported the following conversation between Hannity and Malkin:

Hannity then likened the coach’s behavior to that of a military drill sergeant, asking, “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 certainly agree that political correctness has run amok,” Malkin responded. “I think there should be scrutiny of people who blow the whistle on these kinds of things.”

“I like the intensity. I like the drive. I like that he’s pushing those kids and he runs a tight ship,” Hannity remarked after conceding perhaps the coach shouldn’t have physically hit his players. “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.”

At the end of the segment, the two conservatives’ defense of Rice involved recalling their own experience with being disciplined as children. “My father hit me with a belt, and I turned out okay,” the Fox host recalled. “Except in the minds of liberals.”

“Same here. And with more than a belt,” she said. “I’m sure the left thinks we are warped minds.”

Watch the ESPN video that went viral Tuesday via Mediaite here:

Watch Wednesday’s discussion on the story on “The Five” via Mediaite here:

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