I worked in some draconian, authoritarian circumstances for some real assholes in my career.
I rarely found commisseration. The people in shitty environments hold the abuse like a badge of pride and you're automatically in the out group if you complain.
You can say something like "Bobby Knight should not have done X" and maybe he was a real creep, but people told me to find another job if I was as good as I said I was and didn't deserve the bad treatment.
So I don't give a crap. F*** people's feelings. I got shit on. I hope others do too, because I couldn't even change the local environment to protect myself, so why do I care if someone I don't even know gets shit on? It's karma, my suffering ought to be universal.
Knight got results, made his employer millions of dollars in donations and endowments, as a result he had carte blanche, and this is the rule for almost all jobs in the economy.
And if the players felt they were abused they could go to another team if they felt they didn't deserve the treatment.