New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan was fined by the team for flipping the bird to some fans at last Saturday’s “Strikeforce: Miami” event, but the NFL won’t be following suit.
It was reported that the Jets went ahead and fined the coach on Tuesday and learned of the NFL’s decision to not fine earlier this morning.
Here’s an excerpt from the Associated Press from the Philadelphia Inquirer about the incident:
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan will not be fined by the NFL for making an obscene gesture at a mixed-martial-arts event last weekend.
League spokesman Greg Aiello said yesterday that Ryan would not face additional discipline by the NFL after the Jets fined him $50,000 on Tuesday.
Immediately following the fining, Ryan issued an apology saying that his actions were “stupid and inappropriate.”
Now we're hearing from MMA and NFL analyst Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com that the heckler actually went above and beyond the call of duty to heckle Ryan.
Here's what Glazer had to say about the Saturday night's bird:
"This was a guy who was going out of his way to incite a fight, to incite some sort of violence to get the head coach of the Jets to ruin his job and to really put Rex in a place he didn't need to be,"
That’s probably what makes Ryan the perfect coach for the Jets. He’s a tough guy who brings them the attitude they need, plus you gotta love the fact that he watches MMA.