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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- New York Jets coach Rex Ryan apologized Sunday for making an obscene gesture at a mixed martial arts event.

 

Ryan was booed Saturday night while doing a TV interview at the MMA event in the Bank Atlantic Center, the Florida Panthers' home arena. He was smiling when caught making the gesture by a cell phone camera.

 

"It was stupid and inappropriate," Ryan said. "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."

 

Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum added the organization will address the matter internally.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/nfl/01/31/ryan.gesture.ap/index.html

 

I think he threw the finger but he could also have raised his shirt as an obscene gesture.

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I love how we're supposed to pretend that celebrities, from athletes and coaches to actors and musicians, are not human beings. How many of us would do the exact same thing if someone was heckling us? It's ridiculous how the media overblows things like this in the interest of 'public relations', as if we're all stupid.

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It may or may not get worse. I'll explain.

 

This morning I read...I'm sure it was from Don Banks (reputable/reliable)...that Nnamdi Asomugha said he and Revis want to play together and they were trying to talk Rex into bringing Asomugha to the Jets. The articles (actually 2 paragraphs) was all quotes from Asomugha stating this.

Talk about a sick back field! ...but the point is... that is tampering if Rex said anything to Asomugha (who's under contract for the next 2 years).

I just got home from work and checked Banks collumn and that story is no longer there. Maybe it has no truth to it so Banks yanked it(but why the Asomugha quotes verifying this?).

Maybe it's a bomb about top go off.

I would think the media would be all over this by now...but they are not.

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Isn't it?

 

Are you 5?

 

Having a child for the first time in life makes me feel worse about flying off the handle or cursing for inane things. My point is, Rex represents a company/organization now that is funded by the fans which also consist of families. Yeah, he should show some restraint and not react to what they're saying/doing. Why not wave? Why blow kisses...to me, him giving the finger means they won.

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Are you 5?

 

Having a child for the first time in life makes me feel worse about flying off the handle or cursing for inane things. My point is, Rex represents a company/organization now that is funded by the fans which also consist of families. Yeah, he should show some restraint and not react to what they're saying/doing. Why not wave? Why blow kisses...to me, him giving the finger means they won.

 

5 year olds think it's wrong to flip the bird. I myself don't do such things, but I have no problem with anyone who chooses to at an MMA event. Acting politically-correct 24/7 means they win, too. I'm all for showing restraint when you're on the job, but coaches and players can't be expected to act like politicians. Tiger Woods curses all the time on the golf course, for much lesser reasons, and he's probably the #1 athlete in the world over the last decade. It's not like he went Edward Norton or Christian Bale on the people. He showed his appreciation for their heckling, it got caught by the digital age, and that's life. I like my coaches fiery. Rex did not fly off the handle. I'm sure he was perfectly cool and collected in the moment. And then it was over, and people overreacted.

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Tiger has been reprimanded by the PGA for his antics and been told to tone them down (before his recent issues).

 

Just like any coach actually heard on camera during a live broadcast saying something unacceptable gets fined and reprimanded. Remember Billick's comment on the Titans big screen or something?

 

And being a celebrity IS being a politician. He was in Florida for the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl, right? He's always representing his team and his organization, especially if in such a public position to begin with.

 

I'm not saying every flip of the bird is fire-worthy. But yeah, it is fine-worthy.

 

 

Tangent Rant: "I like my coaches fiery." To me this leads to exactly the problem with professional sports and athletes.

 

Start with 20-somethings who are being paid to play a game. Paid way too much to play a game, at that. A 20-something, who in many cases has coasted their way through school, now has way too much money, and who's only actual concern in life is playing a game.

 

That's about as far from the 'real world' as you can get these days.

 

Then we tell them that we like it when they are fired up, when they go all out, when they 'go off' on other teams and get edgy and don't take any shit.

 

So you have a 20-something with way too much, no real world experience, who's job is to play a game and who is consistently told that it is acceptable and, in fact, encouraged to 'go off' and blow your stack in the name of 'emotion.'

 

And we wonder why these guys are so often caught in drug use scandals, drunk driving, with guns, assault charges, and more rarely but more severely, murder charges? Doesn't it add up to anyone else, because it's clear as day to me.

 

I'm simply saying this: we ask too much of all of these guys, in a sense. You can't be "fiery, explosive" (whatever) on the field for living, and then be restrained and adult elsewhere in life. It's not just a flip of a switch (though, I'm sure there are exceptions - we all know them in our own lives).

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There are plenty of guys who are fiery-but-not-Gilbert-Arenas-fiery. Media and on-the-field personas are not an exact indicator of off-the-field wrongdoings. (See: Marvin Harrison, aka 'The Godfather'.)

 

Bart Scott is pretty cocky/talkative in the media, but I don't know that he's leading "the thug life" (See: Delonte West)

 

Some guys may be both, like Arenas, but that has more to do with the individual. They're only loosely connected. Some guys are thugs, some guys have fiery personalities.

 

Rex Ryan talks a lot of smack and flips the bird at MMA events; Tom Cable punches his assistants in the face. Then again, both guys led their teams to big upsets this year, so maybe there is something to it after all.

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I'm certainly not saying that all of them all. I'm also not saying that there isn't value to it on the football field.

 

I'm just saying that we all have a double standard... we want these guys to be professional, adults, law-abiding citizens (aka... role models) ... be we also want this tenacity and childish behavior that, in most other high-paying or 'professional' positions, are completely unacceptable.

 

You don't think there's any connection between being a 25 year old multi-millionaire without a college degree and having trouble making 'sound' decisions? You can look way past Gilbert Arenas. Ray Lewis himself was involved in some not-so-great things as we all know. Guilt or not, he made some bad decisions at a much younger age that put him in a bad spot. It's nice to see him having matured over time, but no connection between his status and his decisions? I think not.

 

 

If I had to choose... II want my athletes to be professionals. I want them to be grown-ups. Great athlete or not, I don't like immature, irrational, etc ... but that's just me. Maybe I lose some competitive edge, but at least I have guys I can like and trust and respect.

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I bet that will make him 10 times more. Rex will pull some endorsement deals on that move alone. Call that $50 grand an investment.

On what basis? Do you have any evidence whatsoever that a coach's bad attitude and immaturity has ever gotten him an endorsement deal?

 

It's childish, much like Rex is himself. He's a good defensive coach (the Jets should thank their stars that they kept Schottenheimer last season), but he should never be the man with the microphone. Or, in this case, the man in front of the camera.

 

I was more hesitant than anyone to say this, but he's a carbon copy of his father, and it's not a good thing. Unless he is willing to change (which he might be more willing to do than dad), he won't be a head coach for long.

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