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Bryan Cox shoves Cardinals scout, plans to apologize

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The Scouting Combine always gives rise to at least one story of actual or embellished altercations among and between the various constituencies represented at the annual NFL Indianapolis convention.

Here’s the 2016 version: Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox shoved a Cardinals scout regarding access to incoming rookies during the interview process.

The Falcons were interviewing a player, Atlanta’s time was up, and the Cardinals scout was waiting to escort the player to the Arizona interview room. Cox confronted the Cardinals scout with some verbal not-so-niceties. Cox then shoved the Cardinals employee. It did not escalate beyond that.

The Cardinals had no comment on the matter. The Falcons issued the following statement to PFT, from Cox.

“I intend to apologize to the young man for the incident that happened last night during the interview process,” Cox said. “It shouldn’t have happened.”

In 1994, Cox sued the NFL and Commissioner Paul Tagliabue for subjecting Cox, then a Dolphins linebacker, to a “racially hostile environment” in Buffalo. Cox also alleged that the NFL failed to adequately investigate death threats and letters sent to him containing racial slurs.

Cox had been fined $10,000 for giving the double-barreled middle finger gesture to Bills fans. The fine was reduced to $3,000 after the NFL learned that offensive statements had been directed to him.

In theory, the NFL could take action against Cox under the Personal Conduct Policy for shoving an employee of another team.

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53 Responses to “Bryan Cox shoves Cardinals scout, plans to apologize”
  1. glac1 says: Feb 27, 2016 2:08 PM

    It’s time he is OUT of the league.

  2. seriously423 says: Feb 27, 2016 2:10 PM

    Loved Cox when he played.

    ALWAYS on the edge and a player you would be looking over your shoulder for

  3. floratiotime says: Feb 27, 2016 2:11 PM

    Sounds like this guy needs some professional help.

  4. ajg314 says: Feb 27, 2016 2:12 PM

    Still a hot head.

  5. fanofpft says: Feb 27, 2016 2:20 PM

    Cox is number one.

  6. stew48 says: Feb 27, 2016 2:24 PM

    How did he get a job in the NFL?

  7. timothy131 says: Feb 27, 2016 2:33 PM

    its football and if you cant take the heat get out of the kitchen.Maybe we should all just lay down and cry cause some one got pushed.besides a lot more than what was told happened .

  8. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: Feb 27, 2016 2:51 PM

    Cardinals taking the high road…. again.

  9. jasecity says: Feb 27, 2016 2:57 PM

    I am sure this will be deleted but sounds like the Steelers coach pushing a player.

  10. unstaybill says: Feb 27, 2016 2:57 PM

    Did the AZ scout ask Cox if he thought his mother was hot?

  11. birdgang84 says: Feb 27, 2016 2:57 PM

    I’m sure that rookie is crossing his fingers the Falcons draft him now (rolls eyes). If your a coach you need to act like a professional.

  12. MostlyRight says: Feb 27, 2016 3:01 PM

    Go Cardinals!

  13. mbloom99 says: Feb 27, 2016 3:17 PM

    League should get the rest of that 10K.

  14. jason49er says: Feb 27, 2016 3:18 PM

    Clear signs of CTE.

  15. jmscooby says: Feb 27, 2016 3:34 PM

    I wonder what derogatory name the scout called him first …

  16. Seprix says: Feb 27, 2016 3:38 PM

    It would be great if Bruce Arians got involved somehow. It would be the best burning since Trump got on stage.

  17. charger383 says: Feb 27, 2016 3:41 PM

    Cox needs to go drinking in Philly at a bar where the cops hang out when they are off duty

  18. tortorellasucks says: Feb 27, 2016 3:47 PM

    dude is a freak

  19. thermanmerman99 says: Feb 27, 2016 3:50 PM

    The scout should sue for being forced into a racially hostile environment. That would be the perfect ending

  20. stairwayto7 says: Feb 27, 2016 3:52 PM

    Most overrated player in the 90’s!

  21. daysundone says: Feb 27, 2016 4:15 PM

    It’s not football– it’s business. This is a business acquisition assessment.

    If you can’t see that– you’re unprofessional, ignorant, and blatantly unqualified to allow thoughts out of your own head.

  22. chazthespaz says: Feb 27, 2016 4:17 PM


  23. jmscooby says: Feb 27, 2016 4:23 PM

    Sorry, that was Steve Young.

  24. phinfan says: Feb 27, 2016 4:32 PM

    Bryan Cox and Joey Porter probably shouldn’t be coaches due to their violent past. Obviously both of them this year are in the spotlight.

  25. EJ says: Feb 27, 2016 4:37 PM

    Extremely over-rated, bad temper and an even louder mouth!

  26. n0hopeleft says: Feb 27, 2016 4:46 PM

    Make America Great Again

  27. citiciti says: Feb 27, 2016 4:51 PM

    Once a Cox always a Cox

  28. noteamforlosangeles says: Feb 27, 2016 5:03 PM

    Would be the worst coach on the Falcons’ staff if not for Shanahan.

  29. yyc2phx says: Feb 27, 2016 5:06 PM

    What a loud mouth Cox is..ignorant “us against the world” mentality that makes it tough for all to move forward

  30. vicksbitch says: Feb 27, 2016 5:13 PM

    Two incidents in 22 years, one a non-violent reaction to racial abuse and the second a minor shove and people are calling for him to be out of the league??

  31. jbfazz1213 says: Feb 27, 2016 5:14 PM

    White Privelege ???

  32. Patskrieg says: Feb 27, 2016 5:23 PM

    It’s been a long time, but I don’t remember Cox being the most mentally stable individual.

  33. thejetssuck2001 says: Feb 27, 2016 5:24 PM

    not the brightest bulb in the league, but he certainly was one of the main attitude guys on our 2001 super bowl champion defense. never forget him breaking his leg and only missing four games. his presence made our defense scary and nobody wanted to go across the middle with him back there.

  34. axespray says: Feb 27, 2016 5:34 PM

    Not buying it, a Falcon’s employee getting physical?

    We haven’t seen that since Michael Turner in his prime.

  35. luckyjim1980 says: Feb 27, 2016 5:36 PM

    He knocked out a Colts receiver in 2001. So there’s that.

  36. pantherfan4055 says: Feb 27, 2016 5:43 PM

    typical unclassy failcon

  37. truthinesshurts says: Feb 27, 2016 6:14 PM

    He may have been an egotistical, overrated player, but his hit on Jerome Pathon in the Colts game was a turning point for the 0-2 Patriots that led to their first championship.

  38. abninf says: Feb 27, 2016 6:22 PM

    The scout probably gave him a racist look or said some racist code word.

  39. followme2boston says: Feb 27, 2016 6:30 PM

    Bills fans reduced him to a spitting slobbering fool. It was hilarious.

  40. henryjones20 says: Feb 27, 2016 6:45 PM

    Him and Louis Oliver were 2 of the most hated players whenever they came to Buffalo.Gotta admit I miss those days at The Ralph!

  41. catquick says: Feb 27, 2016 6:49 PM

    I see he’s still nuts. Could get suspended? In theory? A layer who did this would be gone. Can him.

  42. finchy74 says: Feb 27, 2016 7:08 PM

    Football is basically just choreographed shoving. Only natural that this would happen.

  43. dcspeedway says: Feb 27, 2016 7:25 PM

    I “INTEND” to tear all my toenails out too.
    Wonder what will happen first.
    What a poor excuse for a human-being.

  44. igocommando says: Feb 27, 2016 7:43 PM

    fanofpft says:
    Feb 27, 2016 2:20 PM
    Cox is number one.
    Actually, he’s number two. As in a deuce, a turd.

  45. manderson4150 says: Feb 27, 2016 8:09 PM

    What, he’s Bryan Cox and he can do whatever he wants some no name means nothing to him.

  46. eleventyeight says: Feb 27, 2016 8:24 PM

    Eventually people will realize that it is not an excuse for a black man or woman to claim that someone they physically assault said something “racial” to provoke them.

    Just say NO to self-victimization.

    We ALL have to deal with prejudice of some sort in our lives; using it as an excuse for violence is a coward’s cry for brutality.

    It takes courage, intelligence and strength of will to rise above brutality and bullying as a response to verbal insult. These things are the makings of a complete human being. Some people (of all creeds and colors and ethnic origins) have what it takes and some simply do not.

    Not all people are equal. Not all black people, nor all white people nor anyone of any other skin tone. Some are just more complete persons than others- though we ALL have our flaws.

    For my money I still say that there is only one race that stands above all others:

    The American Race.

    And even we are far from perfect….

  47. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonsAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 27, 2016 10:06 PM

    I am sure this will be deleted but sounds like the Broncos coach pushing a player.

  48. richc111 says: Feb 27, 2016 10:34 PM

    Funny they didn’t mention what else the Bills fans use to yell at him. Bryan sucks ( insert his last name here). Those were the days

  49. bigdog2372 says: Feb 27, 2016 10:46 PM

    Way to be a good example to the incoming rookies.

  50. jackbassett says: Feb 27, 2016 11:06 PM

    In the old days, last names often had meaning. Smith, for example, was an occupational name for a man who worked with metal (smith or blacksmith). Walker was an occupational surname for a fuller, or one who originally “walked” on raw, damp cloth in order to shrink and thicken it.

    Now, back to Bryan Cox…..

  51. flipola says: Feb 28, 2016 12:06 AM

    Publicly stating that you plan to apologize vs actually just apologizing means he cares more about his image than anything. Guarantee this apology will be totally insincere.

  52. cakesw says: Feb 28, 2016 12:28 AM

    Cox was offended because the scout asked for the Vanilla Frosty at Wendy’s instead of the chocolate one

  53. theuglitruth says: Feb 29, 2016 9:51 AM

    Piece of scrap human.

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