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Jets coach Rex Ryan is apologizing for his recent conduct at an MMA event called “Strikeforce: Miami.” While there, in response to taunts and boos from people presumed to be Dolphins fans, Ryan flipped the bird. What he didn’t know was that fan David Hildenbrand captured a great candid photo of Ryan in the act of giving the middle finger. Boy, he must feel sheepish.
“It was stupid and inappropriate,” Ryan stated. “I wouldn’t accept that type of behavior from one of the coaches or players, and it’s unacceptable from me. I apologize to the Jets organization, the National Football League and NFL fans everywhere.”
Well said, Rex. You’re right. It was extremely stupid and inappropriate. Can you imagine Bill Belichick or Terry Francona acting like that in public?
Hopefully Rex doesn’t get a pass for his actions from the Jets, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
“Rex showed extremely poor judgment, and his conduct was inappropriate,” Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum stated. “He knows he was wrong, has apologized, and we have accepted his apology. Any other actions regarding this incident will be addressed internally by the organization.”
Yeah, we’ll see about that.
Personally, I’m not offended by the bird, but I also know it’s not good for the Jets PR effort. The NFL reportedly plans to investigate this incident, but it’s really not their concern. It should be handled by the Jets, though as I said, that remains to be seen.