Rex Ryan responded to the video of him cursing at a fan while heading to the locker room during Sunday night’s loss to the Patriots during his press conference on Monday.
“I obviously made a mistake,” Ryan said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “I was full of emotion and just popped off. … I apologize. I made a mistake.”
Ryan’s apology is pretty much what you’d expect given the nature of what happened, although that doesn’t mean he’ll be off the hook with the league. Ryan can expect a pretty hefty fine from the office for blurting out an obscenity in the direction of several paying customers. Given the fact that he took a $50,000 hit for flipping the bird outside of an NFL stadium, you’d imagine this one would be even bigger. Florio suggested it would be a six-figure job earlier Monday and it wouldn’t be surprising to see that come true.
Ryan also weighed in on the other bout of profanity from Sunday night. Bill Belichick reportedly told his son “Thirty-seven points on the best defense in the league, suck my d–k” after the Pats put the final touches on their 37-21 victory. Ryan joked that he said the same thing to his son after last year’s playoff victory, before adding that he wasn’t offended and that is is “something I’ll bring up to him after we beat em in the playoffs again this year.”
What? You thought another blowout loss to the Patriots would turn Ryan into a different person?
If Ryan’s looking for something else to curse about, he might find it in LaDainian Tomlinson’s knee. The Jets running back sprained his MCL late in Sunday night’s game and with a quick turnaround before the Thursday nighter in Denver it seems unlikely that he’ll be able to play. That would make life even more difficult on a Jets offense that doesn’t need any more obstacles.