The latest Jets controversy is the strangest one yet

Just when it appeared that one of the craziest NFL seasons in NFL history could get no crazier, one of the craziest stories we can ever recall has emerged.

On Tuesday, I was rendered speechless (a rare occurrence for me) when I saw the Deadspin item about the eerie similarities between the wife of Jets coach Rex Ryan and someone who previously posted a series of foot-fetish videos on YouTube.

I decided to leave it alone at first, because it wasn’t clear that the woman in the videos was Michelle Ryan, even though the circumstantial evidence was, to say the least, compelling.  But the Jets have responded to the story in a quote provided to the New York Daily News.  And the response essentially confirms that, indeed, it’s Michelle Ryan.

“This is a personal matter and Rex will have no comment.”
If that’s not Michelle Ryan in the videos, then the response would have been “that’s not Michelle Ryan in the videos,” and the lawyers would have been released on the folks at Deadspin to demand immediate retractions and clarifications.
Technically, Mrs. Ryan’s hobby has no relevance to her husband’s profession.  But the placement of the videos onto YouTube into 2009 suggests a horrendous absence of judgment, intelligence, and/or discretion on the part of the Ryans.
Or, more likely, an overabundance of arrogance.
One of the videos contains a male voice that sound as much like Rex as the Brett Favre voice message to Jenn Sterger sounds like Brett.  And if these videos were being shot and uploaded when Ryan was trying to become an NFL head coach and/or had already landed the job in New York, how did he not realize that, eventually, someone would put two and two together?
If he didn’t care about it, the comment would be something other than “no comment.”  It would be something along the lines of, “See, I told you I was married to a supermodel, too.”  The more likely reality is that he simply assumed that no one would be smart enough to connect the dots, and that if anyone ever did he would just ignore it and move on.
Good luck with that, when holding a high-profile job in a high-profile industry in one of the highest-profile cities in the world.
The good news?  Bears fans suddenly have plenty of fodder for the signs to be taken to Sunday’s game.

132 responses to “The latest Jets controversy is the strangest one yet

  1. I admit I have not seen the video, and will never see it, but tell me who is hurt by it? If no one gets hurt, why is the Ryan’s personal life an item for this thread?

    I hate the Jets but this is out of bounds, IMO.

  2. Please have Tony Dungy comment on this unbelievable story on Sunday Night Football. It would be “PRICELESS” to hear his reaction, especially after his criticism of Ryan for Hard Knocks.

    Rex and his wife are really strange to be willing to put themselves in this position.

  3. Although I’m fighting the urge to take a shower and no, not from the need for a cold shower, I say let these people do what they want. Yes, putting it on the internet is going public in a sense, but it’s not like she’s wearing a Jets T-Shirt or has a Fathead likeness of Rex on the wall. And yes, the thought of a Rex Ryan Fathead is equally disturbing!

  4. Is it Christmas morning already? Mike, you little scamp, you shouldn’t have. This is the best present I could have ever received!

  5. What exactly is the problem?

    Don’t get me wrong, a foot fetish isn’t my thing, but I don’t see the issue. I mean, its not a porn tape and it’s not hurting anyone?

    Get off the Jets’ D please.

  6. This is funny. But in the end, no big deal. They’re two consenting adults.

    Besides, women’s feet are sexy. Wait, let me put it this way: Sexy women’s feet are sexy; Ugly women’s feet are still ugly.

  7. Never understood old lady foot fetishes, but more power to those who get off on them I guess. Whatever floats your boat.

  8. A person’s private life should be private, but man……. I don’t see how Ryan is going to survive this one. I followed the link to the Deadspin story, and had to stop reading before my girlfriend thought I was a pervert. Ryan uses language you shouldn’t repeat here, to physically describe his wife in very graphic detail on a swingers website in which he also decribes some very graphic sexual desires. Let’s just say that when he talks about “filling all the holes”, he’s not talking about blocking schemes. Rex is a very twisted guy.

    I know most of us reading this have a perverted side ourselves, but to carry on this way as Head Coach of an NFL team in the highest visibility media market? This is nuts. I’m just going to be sorry that it ends up being something non-football related that gets him fired.

  9. The toe cheese must be getting to Rex! What a fool! Hey, Lady I notice you have some sexy feet… Holy Sh!t just gets better and better!!!

  10. It’s weird, but I really don’t see what the problem is. So they have some foot fetish; they are not hurting anyone. If they are not hurting anyone, why should we stand in judgment over them? The judgment is just as “arrogant” as the act, IMO.

  11. … So what? I hate Rex and his mouth as much as the next Jets hater, but really… so he’s a weirdo. Thats not illegal. Thats not morally or ethically wrong. If he’s not embarrassed by it, why should the Jets?

  12. Meh. The woman posts pics and vids about her feet on the Internet. Big deal. After the Love Boat, Favre dong shots, Ray Lewis watching his buddies murder someone, is this really that big of a deal. Just a minor fetish is all.

  13. Well, take “What are feet, Alex?” out as an answer to the Jeopardy category “Things Rex Ryan Won’t Eat”

  14. Goodluck with that is correct. Come little i man-up. You found this a long time ago. It’s ok you and the little i woman have had so much enjoyment from that download.

  15. I always had just assumed Rex preferred the foot long hot dogs because he was fat. Now I know better.

  16. From Deadspin’s article:

    “We found “ihaveprettyfeet”‘s personal profile on a foot fetishist dating site. She lists her location as Ellicott City, Md.”

    I’m confounded by the SwingLifestyle profile of the same username. It would seem unlikely that this username would correspond to a different couple, and it’s even less likely that a couple on that site would have the same username and also live in the same city and be of the same age. I suppose it’s entirely possible that they just fibbed on the male half’s dimensions of 5’10” 180lbs. If that and the alt.com profile are both theirs, well, I hope the best for them. I dislike the media-whoring Ryan and his entire team have done, but this is sexual actualization for this couple, and I’m glad they’re enjoying it. Good for them.

  17. This explains to Jets players why Rex is always insisting on practicing situations for 4th and a foot.

    By god, Rex Ryan earned this job by standing on his own two feet and gnawing on another!

  18. this isnt hurting anyone…but its still embarassing for the jets organization. and as a hater of the jets and rex ryan….it makes me happy. and on top of it i see that rex and his wife are bi-curious as well…gotta love it.

  19. They don’t call him “Sexy Rexy” for nothing!! Gives a new meaning to the phrase” are you ready for some football???

  20. Come on, no head coach or aspiring head coach with half a brain would allow something like those videos to be publicly released if they want to be taken seriously and avoid distractions moving forward. Whether foot fetish videos are porn or slightly disgusting isn’t the point — it’s behaving professionally that is.

  21. Woody Johnson should’ve listened when someone warned him about Rex, “Give him an inch and he’ll take a foot”

  22. This little piggy went to market;
    This little piggy stayed home.
    This little piggy ate roast beef;
    This little piggy got none.
    And this little piggy cried wee-wee-wee all the way home.

  23. I really wish stuff like this wouldnt get publicized. Who cares what these people do in their personal time as long as its legal. I dont care about Rex’s foot fetish, Brady’s Hair, etc.

    That being said, how long before a member of the Jets organization comes out and says “Well, (insert Patriot player or coach here) also has a foot fetish”.

  24. One of their profiles said they were into domination, humilation, and fisting.

    Rex got all 3 from the Patriots a few weeks back. He must have been thrilled.

  25. Ok the feet part is meh.
    When you get down to screen grabs of personal info it becomes damn funny.
    2″ nipples? Impressive.

  26. THAT. IS. AWESOME!!!!! aaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha Thank you Jets for making this year great. LMAO

  27. RexCanCoach says:
    Dec 22, 2010 8:43 AM
    More important, here is today’s NY Jets stat of the day: Jets are 10-0 this year when they score a TD.

    New England is 2-0 when they score 45.

    Suggestion for a new handle: RexCanBeKinky.

  28. I just hope no video emerges of her wearing a strap-on…and I don’t mean with another woman.

    Excuse me while I wipe the puke off my chin.

  29. Ummm, the Deadspin article also shows a listing on alt.com for a couple using the same name

    alt.com is a slightly different kettle of fish.

  30. What is the Jet’s record when they don’t score a touchdown?

    What about the Jets record when clouds cover the sun between the hours of 10-11am on game days?

    Or, when a crescent moon rises into the night sky?

    What matters is the Jet’s record after the game and regualr season is finished –

    Feel free to take your foot out of your mouth.

  31. “This is a personal matter, and Rex will have no comment.”

    Gotta admmit, I agree with that.

    Kinda unfair of you to propagate it. Worse still to suggest folks make signs about it.

    In the end, what do you want Rex to say? This is a no-winner for him.

  32. RexCanCoach says:
    Dec 22, 2010 8:43 AM
    More important, here is today’s NY Jets stat of the day:

    Jets are 10-0 this year when they score a TD.

    Thank you, see you in the playoffs.

    Haha that makes you look even worse. They have 4 losses. That means they had 4 games w/o scoring a touchdown. Thats the most embarassing stat I’ve ever heard. Sounds like a team a lot of teams would like to see in the playoffs.

  33. First of all….who cares.

    Secondly, polegojim – sports games are about statistics. Why does it matter what Favre’s record was when the temp was below freezing? What does it matter when a certain team runs it 60% of the time? Why does it matter that Brady can’t be beaten at home? Why does it matter that the word “regualr” isn’t in the english language? It matters because it does.

  34. OMG anyone saying this is personal and shouldn’t be published is overlooking the fact that they themselves “published” it by putting it on the web! I don’t care what people do in the privacy of their homes but when you feel the need to become exhibitionists and have the world watch your videos, you deserve every ounce of criticism and scorn that come your way. I so don’t get people that feel the need to put their private lives out to the public like this. Really, really weird.

  35. As a Giants fan, Im grateful Coach Coughlin doesnt have the same fetish. My apologies to Judith Coughlin. I’m sure she is a lovely woman but I’m just being honest.

  36. MORE POWER TO THEM!!!!

    Regular Joe Shmoes have a hard enought time keeping the fires burning, how hard is it for a guy that has a 25 hr a day job like coaching a NFL team.

    Considering that you have other coaches that beat their wifes, and players that leave their wives (8 MONTHS PREGO’s), I would think the NFL would not only say nothing negative but actually put Mr. and Mrs Ryan up for an example to show that not all men in the NFL are creeps.

    Well played Ryan’s, Well played.

  37. Well, I guess he was true to his word:

    Rex didn’t come to kiss Belicicks rings. His bare feet, now that would be another matter…

  38. C’mon, Mike — the man is just doing research. How is he to know what “The Jets are all but 6 feet under” means, without first-hand analysis? After all, it’s not like he can READ to find out.

  39. This woman has consensual sex with Rex Ryan. Did we really need a youtube video to let us know she was a freak?

  40. #
    normswifevera says: Dec 22, 2010 9:23 AM

    One of their profiles said they were into domination, humilation, and fisting.

    Rex got all 3 from the Patriots a few weeks back. He must have been thrilled.

    __________________________________OK, I’m not a fan of either the Jets or the Patriots but this might be the funniest comment I’ve ever read on this site. I’m at work and was laughing so hard I had to talk away from my desk! That was great! And yea, most of you are at work too so I don’t want to hear it.

  41. I don’t care what people do in their bedrooms, but you can’t just dismiss this one like its no big deal.

    IF (and it still remains to be seen that this is even them) its really them, then you have to be a colossial idiot to put this on the internet as a head coach or even POTENTIAL head coach of an NFL team. If nothing else, you really have to question the judgement of someone like that.

    For all you “Its not illegal” apologists, no one said it was. But just because something isn’t illegal doesn’t mean it isn’t frowned upon in a professional setting. IF this his him, are you EVER going to look at this guy the same way again?

    There’s a reason people use aliases on these types of sites, folks.

  42. Rex said that he is not going to be kissing Belichick’s rings. Well, if Belichick would pick the rings on his toes, maybe Rexy would kiss his rings.

    So, the Jets are undefeated when they score at least one touchdown. In other words, they have been kept out of the endzone four times this year. That offense is offensive.

  43. Sure, this is a personal matter. UNTIL YOU PUT THE VIDEOS ON YOU TUBE! It is no big deal really. But putting the videos online is just incredible. Just when you think the Jets season can’t get any stranger–Hard Knocks, harassing the Mexican hottie, Braylon’s DUI, tripping an opposing player, etc., it does. Rexy is constantly spouting about how he says what he does because when he is asked a question he has to be honest–it is just who he is. Can’t wait till he is asked about this.

  44. “I admit I have not seen the video, and will never see it, but tell me who is hurt by it? If no one gets hurt, why is the Ryan’s personal life an item for this thread?”

    If you want to keep things about your sex life personal, you don’t make a dozen videos about it and then post it on the biggest video sharing site in the world for millions of people to see.

    I’m big on letting people’s private lives alone, but this is exactly what they were asking for when they made the absolutely asinine decision to put them on Youtube.

  45. the guys are going to feel a litle awkward taking their shoes + socks off in front of him in the locker-room from now on…

  46. homelanddefense says: Dec 22, 2010 9:21 AM

    That being said, how long before a member of the Jets organization comes out and says “Well, (insert Patriot player or coach here) also has a foot fetish”.

    ———————————————————

    Line of the day!

    Well played sir.

  47. OK, laughing aside, this became a public issue when they allowed it be viewed publicly. On a personal level, I could care less even though I don’t like him or his team. However, as an owner or higher up in an organization, this would be an issue to me. I can’t believe they would allow this out there knowing that in the long run the idea was to move up in a very high profile world like the NFL. I don’t think he should get fired or anything like that but WOW. This is definitely not the type of publicity Woody Johnson should want but something tells me Rex is eating this up….like he does a lot of other things.

    OK, I couldn’t help it!

  48. Wow. It seems to be the Ryans. Weird that they’d be so careless. Even if they never aspired for him to be a coach in the nFL, he’s still Buddy Ryan’s son and shouldn’t have put stuff up publicly like that.

  49. maddog111 says: Dec 22, 2010 10:07 AM

    This woman has consensual sex with Rex Ryan. Did we really need a youtube video to let us know she was a freak?

    ——————————–

    Uh did we really need that imagery? ha ha ha

    Queue the music to Weird Al singing Diamond David Lee Roth’s “Just a Jiggle-O” and Rex sans clothes…

  50. I can see Rex being into his wife’s feet. Being has he has not seen is own in about twenty years.

    Please….. this guys has to stay in the league. He’s like a joke a day calender.

  51. I’m the biggest Pats Homer/fan there is. But I will not bash Rexy and The Jets over this. Rexy’s wife is a Cougar. Rexy get’s off on her hot little feet. I don’t really see it being anyone’s business. I guess they shoulda had more….couth ? though about their little……interest ?

    LOL. Go get her Rexy !

  52. mikeammo says:
    When they were done filming they had a god damn snack.

    lol.

    So she’s “bi-curious” and is obsessed with her own feet, has a hairy bush and two inch nipples. He’s got a foot obsession as well, wants to see three guys do his wife at the same time, and lies about his weight (180 Rex, REALLY? How were you going to pull that one off if you met someone for real?), and together they’re on swinger sites like SLS, ALT, and a bunch of foot-fetish sites.

    All while he’s HC of the NY Jets.

    Seriously, one has to wonder about two people in the public eye who act as though they can go through naughty lifestyles unnoticed. This has had to be a tough morning for “Woody” Johnson – whose name suddenly is starting to make sense these days, what with Favre’s self portraits and now this Ryan thing.

    No wonder Rex had no problem with Favre sending “junk” pics to Sterger, by the way. Wonder if ol’ Hillbilly Brett knew about the Ryan’s “hobbies”? Nah, Michelle’s too old for him.

  53. Rex Ryan the gift that keeps on giving!
    LMAO!!! I don’t care about what he does in his bedroom.
    You got to admit, this is beyond funny!

    I mean you never know what he’ll do next?
    I’m having a ball of the foot time with this on twitter! Thank You Rex! Giving me a wood ie Johnson!

  54. Lombardi, Shula, Landry, Noll, Walsh, Parcells, Belichick. Would any of them show poor judgement and let something like this get on the internet? Would they run their mouths and act like the class clown who always needed attention? No. Ryan is entertaining but in the end he’s just like his father – he’ll get some great performances out of his players but his bluster will wear off and he’ll end up with nothing but a lot of talk.

  55. bradyisgod

    you know what dude, you’re right. rex started out as a loud mouthed buffoon who just rubbed people the wrong way. fortunately though he has turned into a never ending source of enjoyment/laughter for all of us. long live rex….king of the morons!!!!

  56. can’t wait for the Beavis-and-Butthead-like giggling from the press corps at the first news conference where Rex has to discuss a player’s turf toe…

  57. Ryan may be a “heel” but he just wants his players to “step” up and “toe” the line before they get “booted” out of the playoffs.
    This is how he “pumps” up his team, gets them ready to “nail” the opponents and “jam” the ball down their throats.
    A team has to have heart and “sole”

    That is the way “foot” ball should be played.

  58. I love these lines from the deadspin article:

    “A lot of you will judge the Ryans over this. Please don’t. Lots of Americans have bizarre tastes. Just think: There are people out there who’ll cheer for the Jets.”

  59. As another man whose wife is much more attractive than he is, good for REX. Making your wife feel sexy and special is one of the number one goals fellas.
    If you guys spent more time making your wives feel sexy…rather than obsessing over a child’s game like football, maybe the divorce rate would be much better than it is.
    I just gained a lot more respect for him..Don’t worry about the repercussions..do what you feel and what brings joy to the people you love. No one has the right to judge anything..all you nerds should get back to discussing who the MVP should be and leave the task of pleasing your wife to the milkman…..

  60. So in other words RexCanCoach, the Jets have failed to score a touchdown in 4 out of 14 games. Pathetic stat for the one time SuperBowl favorite.

  61. I couldn’t car less about this stuff. Americans have just become judgmental voyeurs… it all gets kind of tiring.
    I will say that I think this’ll help the Jets on Sunday.
    The Players love Ryan, and I suspect they’ll rally around him, big time.

  62. “#
    RexCanCoach says: Dec 22, 2010 8:43 AM

    More important, here is today’s NY Jets stat of the day:

    Jets are 10-0 this year when they score a TD.

    Thank you, see you in the playoffs.

    More importantly it tells me that they havent even reached the endzone in 4 games…..all against good teams. Enjoy your 1, MAYBE 2 playoff games….

  63. Such a non-football story written by the world’s biggest Jets hater.

    It’s freakish, yes, but not football related.

    NBC chose well in (re)partnering w/ such a reputable organization like this.

  64. So I guess the next foot we see sticking out of the sidelines will be Michelle’s ?

    So he likes feet and she is a chubby chaser, as long as they are happy together who cares ?

  65. On his Monday Night Football bio, I thought it was weird that Rex Ryan listed his favorite movie as “Happy Feet”, but now I think it’s even weirder.

  66. Could only get through about 20 seconds of her in the black socks. Uh … okay. I’m adamant about staying out of people’s private lives, and can’t fathom why they’d post them online. Guess some people need to be watched. And some people like to watch. To each their own.

    But sure hope I can wipe these bizarre images from my mind before my next pedicure.

  67. “A personal matter” Rex? Seriously? No big deal shooting some vids and swinging with other couples if that’s how you get your freak on. Heck, I’m no prude, but I don’t post on youtube and join alt-lifestyle websites then wish to keep it quiet. Foolish little man…

    Keep the jokes coming PFT’ers! You can’t make this stuff up!! 🙂

  68. At first I thought that the harrassment claims made by Ines Sainz were bs.

    And then I thought Bret Favre’s sexting was just unfortuneate bad taste.

    But now with Rex Ryan’s indiscretions, it’s clear that there’s a pattern here.

    These multiple problems represent an atmosphere that is either encouraged or tolerated by Woody Johnson, Mike Tannebaum, or both.

    All joking aside, this serious stuff, and the league needs to take action.

  69. Lots of folks saying the Ryan’s private life is private… Sure, ok, fine.
    BUT… When you publish a video on YouTube then that is VERY, VERY public.
    Further, will now be very careful on YouTube to void seeing Michelle Ryan’s, or Buddy Ryan’s, or Ryan Oneil’s r anyone else’s ped based video…

  70. So they like feet!!!!! It’s not like they are on the video killing someone! Since when did Americans get shocked by stuff like this? Maybe if you are my 86 year old grandmother!

  71. So he has a fetish, not like he is cheating or doing drugs. Is this really news worthy, not like feet are obscene.

    Rex is a caracter, if he was a breast or butt man, we wouldn’t be giving it this coverage, are feet that much different. Not my thing, but hey if it floats his boat, they love each other. I don’t really care if he has put her favorite heels on, slap a John Deere sticker on his butt and ride him up and down the lawn. I just wonder if they posted it, or someone hacked thier phone or computer.

  72. Deb says: Dec 22, 2010 12:16 PM

    But sure hope I can wipe these bizarre images from my mind before my next pedicure.

    ———————

    Please text me a pic while you getting your pedi! ha ha ha

    It’s their profiles on the swinger’s Web site that are actually far more disturbing…

  73. madsqgrdn says: Dec 22, 2010 11:04 AM

    As another man whose wife is much more attractive than he is, good for REX. Making your wife feel sexy and special is one of the number one goals fellas.
    If you guys spent more time making your wives feel sexy…rather than obsessing over a child’s game like football, maybe the divorce rate would be much better than it is.
    I just gained a lot more respect for him..Don’t worry about the repercussions..do what you feel and what brings joy to the people you love. No one has the right to judge anything..all you nerds should get back to discussing who the MVP should be and leave the task of pleasing your wife to the milkman…..

    ————————

    Milkman? How friggin old are you gramps?

  74. @brintfavruhsux ….

    LOL … honest truth, my sister-in-law treated me to a surprise pedi yesterday. But I didn’t know you wanted pix. My feet are lovely 😉

  75. This story is pretty awesome…..I’d be embarrassed too and call it a private matter….Whats he gonna say ” yeah, I take videos of my wifes bare feet and we post them while we trawl the web for other swingers on alt.com? Whats gonna happen when a swinger busts him out???? I gotta see this.

  76. How does sexy Rexy’s foot fetish reflect badly on the NFL? it’s not like they posted videos of his johnson between her feet. at least they’re happy together; he’s not down at the local strip club making it rain

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