On Thursday, it was widely believed that an announcement regarding the fine to be imposed on Jets coach Rex Ryan for his “New York echo” would come on Friday. And it made sense. Typically, all fines for Sunday violates are disclosed by the league office on the following Friday.
But it didn’t happen. Throughout the day on Friday, I pestered NFL spokesman Corry Rush like a bill collector with OCD until the moment that NBC SportsTalk went on the air.
On Friday, no decision will be made. On Monday, a decision reportedly will be made. And Rex will be dipping into his discretionary spending account to make a significant after-tax contribution to the charities of the league office’s choice.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the NFL is expected to fine Ryan between $75,000 and $100,000 for shouting a four-letter profanity at a paying customer while walking into the tunnel at halftime of last Sunday night’s game. Per Schefter, Commissioner Roger Goodell still wants to consider the facts of the case.
We’re not sure what there really is to consider. Rex said it, and it was caught on tape.
A fine north of $50,000 makes sense, given that Rex was fined $50,000 for a shooting a middle finger to a random fan at a non-NFL event in January 2010, when Rex was off the clock and the Jets’ season had ended. With the NFL intent on ensuring that folks choose to fork over good money to attend games, NFL coaches can’t be telling those folks who fork to “shut the [Corso] up.”