New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was fined $50,000 by his team after this photo of his popping off the bird at the STRIKEFORCE Miami event last weekend came to light. Ryan allegedly told some Dolphins fans that they were number fter being allegedly heckled by some Miami Dolphins fans in the audience. The NFL technically could also fine Ryan, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier that the league is satisfied with the Jets’ pre-emptive action.
The incident certainly has been embarrassing for Ryan, who signed a four-year, $11.6 million deal when he was hired last January.[..]
“It was stupid and inappropriate,” Ryan said in his apology Sunday. “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.” –NY Post.
I was disappointed to see Ryan fined; if a football coach can’t shoot the bird at unruly Dolphins fans during the offseason, then the terrorists have won. That said, Ryan almost looks like he was posing for this shot. “Hey Coach! Give us the bird!” “Sure, boys.” I wonder if this image was taken with a Flip camera; it would have been apropos.