ABC 20/20: Ex-Rutgers Coach Rice apologizes for his mistakes: 'I've Changed'

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In his first television interview since the scandal that cost him his job six months ago, former Rutgers University men's basketball coach Mike Rice said he has learned from his mistakes and is now a changed man.

"I won't be perfect moving forward, but I've changed," Rice told "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts in an interview for ABC's "20/20." "Having that taken away, your dream job ... and having it done in such a visible way... and hurting the people closest to me ... it changes a person."

Rice, 44, was fired by the New Jersey college April 3 as a result of a quickly unfolding scandal that began when ESPN's "Outside the Lines" aired footage of the coach being abusive to his players.

The images were shocking, showing Rice pushing players in the chest, grabbing them by their jerseys, yanking them around the court, even hurling balls at their heads and groin. Rice could be heard screaming obscenities and vulgar language at players, including "f---ing f----t" and "fairy."

"My first reaction, when I saw the tape was one of embarrassment, of shock, of sadness," Rice said.

Tune into Robin Roberts' full interview with Rice during "20/20" at 10 p.m.

Stick around after the show for Eyewitness News at 11 p.m.

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