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Two players defend fired Rutgers coach

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Two Rutgers basketball players on Mike Rice’s team say the fired coach wasn’t the abusive tyrant he appears to be on a widely viewed video that ultimately cost him his job.

‘‘You can’t let those individual moments define what he was,’’ junior forward Wally Judge said during a telephone interview Thursday. ‘‘In my past two years, me being an older guy and being under other coaches, I have grown from the moment I stepped in these doors, not only as a player but also as a person because of how he has treated me.’’

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