When talking about how Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice was fired after video showed him physically abusing players, Hannity said that a little “old-fashioned discipline” wasn’t a bad thing — even if this case took it too far.
During the Wednesday (April 3) airing of “Hannity,” the show’s eponymous host brought up the basketball case. His initial response to Rice hitting students and throwing basketballs at them was more than slightly ambivalent. Hannity brought up the issue as follows:
“I’m watching this and I’m thinking, all right, I don’t like it, he kicked one player there, but on the other hand, you know what? I kind of like old-fashioned, discipline on the other hand. I mean, we’ve become that politically incorrect? These are adults and they don’t want to play for that team, they can leave.”
Michelle Malkin’s response initially focused on how she doesn’t like a) basketball and b) the political left (duh), but Hannity brought her around to the discipline issue by noting how the physical abuse was just a method of encouraging competition. “He’s trying to bring the best out of them, put discipline in that team, raise their game, force them to focus, force them to –push them to become champions, and takes intensity,” Hannity said. “It’s like a drill sergeant. Are we now going to fire drill sergeants because they get in the face of cadets and next on the list of politically correct things we can’t do?”
(Note: No matter how much they yell, drill sergeants aren’t really supposed to physically abuse the troops either.)
While Hannity couldn’t quite manage to say that he was pro-hitting college basketball players, he did applaud the idea of instilling discipline by any means possible. “Stop hitting them, maybe, but I like the intensity, I like the drive,” the host insisted. “I like that he’s pushing those kids and he runs a tight ship. Maybe — 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. My father hit me with a belt and I turned out OK.”
This last sentence brought up an odd (although not self-pitying) admission from Malkin. Hannity asked if she had ever been hit herself — adding that she probably should not have been — getting the woman’s affirmative response of “And with more than a belt.”