Posted November 16, 2013

Jevon Tyree claims he was bullied by Rutgers defensive coordinator Dave Cohen

Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Dave Cohen

Rutgers defensive coordinator Dave Cohen (above) has been accused of bullying and verbal abuse. (Mel Evans/AP)

Rutgers athletics is in the headlines for the all the wrong reasons once again. Less than a year after former basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for his verbal abuse of players, and only a few months after athletic director Julie Hermann became the subject of a nationwide controversy for her treatment of players and assistants while she was the head women’s volleyball coach at Tennessee, a Scarlet Knights football player has come forward claiming he was bullied by a member of the program’s staff.

Cornerback Jevon Tyree says he was verbally abused and threatened by defensive coordinator Dave Cohen at a study session in April. The incident, according to NJ.com’s Dan Duggan, happened in front of other players and a tutor and eventually led to the 19-year-old quitting the team.

From NJ.com:

“He was just trying to really make me feel as if I was soft,” Tyree said. “He got all up in my face. Coach Cohen has a lisp, so he was in my face telling me he’ll head-butt me, and he was kind of spitting in my face as he was saying it. I was just pulling my head back, looking at him like, ‘Is this guy out of his mind? Is he crazy?’ “

In a statement released by the university on Friday night, Rutgers said the situation was “dealt with immediately.” It claimed that head coach Kyle Flood reprimanded Cohen and later “initiated a meeting with Tyree and his parents to address their concerns and his future with the team.” The statement also noted that “Hermann spoke to Tyree’s father following the meeting with Flood and confirmed that the matter was resolved to his satisfaction.”

However, the Tyree family disputes that many of the events in the release ever occurred, most notably the call between Hermann and Tyree’s father, Mark.

“I never talked to her. That is insane,” Mark Tyree said. “My mother has passed and I would put my hand on a stack of Bibles in her goodness. That’s ridiculous she would even say that. That’s scary.”

The Tyree family has sought disciplinary action against Cohen, who was the head coach at Hofstra from 2006-09. Tyree said he was ostracized from the team and quit after a wide receiver turned defensive back passed him on the depth chart. The Scarlet Knights are 5-3 in the 2013 season and host Cincinnati in Week 12.

34 comments
aztecofthecity
aztecofthecity

as a former coach and athlete, getting yelled at or screaming when trying to get better and correct errors of play etc is one thing, but berating and being abusive is an entirely different matter..and that sounds like what happened here..and to list some great coaches is totally disrespectful to them and their brand of coaching..sure bear bryant may have yelled at players but Im pretty confident he was NOT calling  anyone the N word, cracker, etc,..whether peopel may believe it or not some coaches have no business coaching and when their sour approach surfaces they have to get fired..cuz the few bad apples gives the goodness a bad name

G_que70
G_que70

I just remembered my 8th grade BB coach bullied me too back in 1983 by getting in my face and yelling at me really loud in practice.  

This entire bullying thing is getting out of hand.  Can someone please tell me what is going on in this country to the young men of this generation?  The men are getting softer and softer by the day.  I'm not saying that being a man means going around acting like a barbarian but these guys are ridiculous! So now coaches can't yell anymore? Unfortunately since this whole Incognito-Martin thing has surfaced this won't be the last time some player complains that their coach or teammate was mean to them.  Bunch of wusses! 

swededawg52
swededawg52

What a whiny sissy.  Don't look at me like that.  Don't raise your voice at me.  I'll run home to momma.  Usually, these whiny man/boys act like momma's boys is because there is no father in the home to nurture them growing into manhood so their development is delayed 

PaulKing
PaulKing

Call me old school, but if some fat old guy started yelling at me like, i would go tell my parents like a little b!^<#. I would beat him until his nervous system stopped working.

serveaux
serveaux

Anti-bully crusaders are the new bullies

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

another black "disrespected" . don't you know you can't talk to these people like that

dt
dt

A bunch of entitled brats getting their feelings hurt.  Hey, if you can't take the heat, GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN!

rh2000
rh2000

Might as well shut it all down!  Bunch of wimp a##'s want to play football but don't want anyone to hurt their little feelings!


slickwilly
slickwilly

I'm not even saying the coach crossed the line in this case, just that the delusion of bully apologists boggles the mind sometimes. The bully apologist is a enemy of men from my point of view because he tries to shame men and take away their ability to protest legitimate unfair treatment to themselves.

slickwilly
slickwilly

I'm a little old school myself, but some bully apologists are really delusional. It's like these guys would be willing to justify any form of blatant abuse or mistreatment of boys and men under the delusional premise that they're "toughening them up". At some point you have to open your eyes and see that some behaviors are inappropriate and simply cannot be justified regardless of how things were done back in the day.  Just because something has been done in the past doesn't make it right.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I always wonder at these guys that think a 'man' is someone that behaves as an animal. A 'man' is one who behaves responsibly and treats others as he himself wishes to be treated. One that behaves otherwise is not a man at all, is immature, and usually proves it by making childishly foolish comments. 

Bazelope
Bazelope

Let's be clear on one very important issue here:  The coach sincerely believes he did not bully this kid because he was groomed as a coach in a generation when young MEN played football.  The coaches were mentors for football and life in the old days (like the 90's and 2000's).  TODAY, the agenda of the wussy generation is embedded into these kids from grade school through college.  They are all "special". They ALL got trophies even when they lost. And now, we deal with the byproduct of this generational change.  

Jonathan Martin should be the POSTER BOY for his generation.  He is a wuss and a big baby.  I know there are people out there that feel they can make omelette's without breaking any eggs but I am not one of those people.  Most of these kids are from broken families and they are "handled with care" from cradle to college.  The "real world" is now run by HR people and Lawyer's in an effort to weed out the soft people believe they ever infiltrate a company.  

In today's world the following people would have been "Bullies"

General George Washington

Eddie Robinson ("A Maker of Men")

Bear Bryant

John Wooden

General Patton

FDR

John Thompson

General Norman Schwarzkoff

Every Director in Hollywood (pre-2000)




2001mark
2001mark

School.  These events are taking place at schools.  

Bully coaches need to check themselves & understand that they are not in the army, they are with student athletes.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Maybe Rutgers can hire Rich Incognito.  Sounds like a perfect match, and he SHOULD be looking for work.

Richard B
Richard B

@G_que70 There's nothing wrong in introducing some sensitivity training to coaches in a sport that has a concussion/mental illness problem and a suicide problem.

meandmesa
meandmesa

@swededawg52  Really? I hope to god you haven't procreated cause you're as dumb as a post. Do you even have an effin clue what the difference is between bullying and coaching?  You think it prepares kids to be good players or positive members of society  by treating them this way?  You're a frickin moron and another faux tough guy with little if any understanding about what actually transpired nor how long this type of this assinine coaching behavior went on.  A coach's job is to TEACH not berate people into submission as if they were brainless/emotionless things.  I bet you have a Bobby Knight poster hanging on your wall that you look up to each day for guidance.

TryTheVeal
TryTheVeal

@PaulKing Congrats, you'd be in jail right on felony assault charges and probably be passed around like a pack of Parliaments.  Good work.

PaulKing
PaulKing

*Would not tell my parents*

TryTheVeal
TryTheVeal

@dt oooh, tough guy.  do u say this to yourself when you're on your marathon Call of Duty sessions on the XBox?

JPM
JPM

@dt And what heat have ~you~ ever faced?  Give me your address.  I'll come over and bully you.

Mr. J
Mr. J

@slickwilly I agree I am kinda shocked by all the people trying to stand up for bullies when at this very moment we have  lot of kids all over the US killing themselves because they are being bullied...And one other thing for these fake apologist..trust me none of them would be supporting bullies if the person being bullied happened to be one of their children!!!!!!....Thats the hypocriticalness of it, you support bullies but if the person being bullied were your child you would be ready to kill the bully!!!...only in America!

EarlMalmsteen
EarlMalmsteen

@Bazelope Seems ignorant to put John Wooden on this list. Wooden was a very polite man who believed in building young men up, not tearing them down.

meandmesa
meandmesa

@Bazelope Really?  You're putting Patton, John Wooden and George Washington in the same category of temperament?  I just love how people try to justify their own beliefs by  making up crap that is completely disconnected from reality.  Your "real world" comment about HR and lawyers trying to weed out "soft" people is complete and utter b.s.  Sounds like you're the kind of person who uses your own life experiences to generalize across entire categories of thought or groups of people.

TryTheVeal
TryTheVeal

@Bazelope Get over it.  Your fascist militarism is over.  Adapt or shrivel up like the old man who yells at clouds.

rh2000
rh2000

@Bazelope Agree 100%   

Sorry to all you enabler's but it's my point of view and if ya don't like it!  

Oh Well!

Tim38
Tim38

@Bazelope You realize Patton was reprimanded too right?  I guess your definition of a man is someone who, when young, takes whatever verbal and physical abuse that is dished out to them and, when older, dishes out verbal and physical abuse.  Cool.  Just wanted to clarify.  You must be an awesome dad.

BY
BY

@Tim38 @Bazelope You understand that when these young men don't perform that coaches are the ones that get fired, right? I wonder if you might yell at someone to get their attention if your livelihood depended on their giving better effort.

redmch91
redmch91

@meandmesa @BY @Tim38 @Bazelope has become?  It's been like this in sports for ages.  Winning actually covers for a lot of this stuff, just ask coaches like Bob Knight and Bill Parcels.  Those guys "got the most effort" out of their players because they won, although they perfectly fit the 21st century definition of bullies.  Same goes for QB's like Dan Marino who would berate his WR's if they dropped a pass.  If Rutgers and this kid were successful instead of him dropping like a ton of bricks down the depth chart this wouldn't be a story.

meandmesa
meandmesa

@BY @Tim38 @Bazelope Right.  Winning is way more important than behaving in a way that respects the young adults you coach.  Another example of how effed up our society has become.

Water-Faery
Water-Faery

@BY @Tim38 @Bazelope  And trying to keep your job justifies going postal on a teen?!  or even an adult!!  NOTHING  justifies verbal or physical abuse, certainly no SPORTS game is worth anything close.