Rex Ryan flips Dolphin fans the bird

Jets head coach Rex Ryan gave a couple of Dolphin fans the one-fingered salute at the MMA Strikeforce event in Miami over the weekend. You can see photos of the giddy Ryan and his middle finger at SPORTSbyBROOKS.com.

Ryan has since issued an apology:

Ryan: “It was stupid and inappropriate. 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.”

New York Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum: “Rex showed extremely poor judgment and his conduct was inappropriate. 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.”

According to Brooks of SPORTSbyBROOKS, Ryan was verbally attacked several times on his way to his seat by one belligerent Dolphin fan. It was on his way out that Ryan flipped off the fan, so for the most part the coach showed some restraint.

Of course, it didn’t help that Ryan said that, “I just want to tell everyone in Miami that we’re coming to beat you twice next year,” in an interview that was played over the loudspeaker. Still, he laughed after he said it so it was supposed to be in good fun.

Ryan was obviously in the wrong here, but if the drunken idiot kept his mouth shut then Rex wouldn’t have done what he did. I’m not excusing Ryan, but let’s be realistic here: When most human beings are provoked, they react. That said, what’s done is done and he apologized, so nothing more should be made about this situation.


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