Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Report: Eric Murdock Asked for $950,000 Payoff from Rutgers
By MATT SUGAM
Eric Murdock was looking for a pay day. And a big one.
The former Rutgers director of player development’s lawyers sent a letter in December to Rutgers’ attorneys seeking $950,000 in an employment dispute with Rutgers, according to MyCentralJersey.com.
In the letter, which was sent on December 27 and obtained by MyCentralJersey.com, Murdock claims he was wrongfully terminated and lays out the reasons why. Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti has said Murdock’s contract was not renewed after he skipped out on an obligation to be at a Mike Rice summer camp at Rutgers to go to his son’s.
In the letter, Murdock’s lawyers reference the “damning video” presented in person on November 26.
“We are willing to give your clients until the close of business day Friday, January 4, 2013 to address final resolution of this matter. Otherwise, we have already prepared a Complaint and will file a suit without further notice. To resolve these claims for damages inclusive of attorney fees and costs, Mr. Murdock is willing to accept $950,000.00.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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