The NFL has fined the New York Jets coach $75,000 for using a profanity to address a fan during halftime of the Jets’ loss to the New England Patriots on Nov. 13.
A video taken by a fan at MetLife Stadium shows a fan yelling at Ryan, as the team walks off the field, “Hey, Rex, [Patriots Coach Bill] Belichick is better than you.” Ryan tells the fan to “shut the [expletive] up.”
Ryan apologized the next day.
“I was emotional. It was an emotional time. I obviously made a mistake. I was full of emotion and just popped off,” Ryan said. “Obviously, I know I represent the National Football League. I know I represent the Jets, and I know it was a mistake. I apologize for it.
“This is who I am ... I'm about as big a competitor as there is and, at that time, I was in no mood to hear anything, but I also understand I have to handle that better.”
The size of the fine is, no doubt, related to his status as a repeat offender. In February 2010, he was fined $50,000 by the Jets after a photo surfaced of him flipping off a fan during a mixed martial arts event. This time, the team plans to take no disciplinary action, General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said last week.