Rex Ryan apologizes for calling Amari Cooper “a turd”

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ESPN analyst Rex Ryan blasted Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper on the air this morning, calling him “a turd.” Shortly thereafter, ESPN promoted the clip on social media, attempting to stir up a little attention for Ryan’s commentary.

After giving it some thought, ESPN realized Ryan’s comment was inappropriate, and Ryan gave what seemed like a forced apology.

“I can’t believe I said that, used that word,” Ryan said on SportsCenter a few hours after he initially made the comment. “Obviously it was a poor choice by me to say what I said about Amari. Anybody who knows me — look, quite honestly, I think the world of every player and have a great deal of respect for every single player in the National Football League, including Amari Cooper. With that being said, I think the Cowboys overspent for Amari Cooper. The reason for it is, I don’t doubt that this is an elite player. He has those traits. But an elite player to me shows up on the road, he shows up against great corners, and he shows up in crunch time, and those are three things that Amari Cooper has not done so far in his career. In fact, I think he’s won one playoff game as a player. And all of those things are how I feel about this young man as a receiver. But what I added at the end of that, I want to apologize to Amari again and hope he accepts my apology.”

That Ryan went immediately from apologizing to repeating his criticism of Cooper as a player makes the apology sound somewhat insincere. So it would be understandable if Cooper says he does not accept the apology.

76 responses to “Rex Ryan apologizes for calling Amari Cooper “a turd”

  1. He was apologizing for the word he used to describe Cooper, not for the criticism. He can sincerely be sorry for that without changing his criticism.

  2. Everything’s BETTER once you say you’re SORRY. How about thinking about what you say and write BEFORE you say or write it? I think they teach you that in 1st grade.

  3. Calling him a T is the problem. It is a descripture of him personally, not as a player. He makes it sound like Amari is not a great player in his opinion, ok, but comments of him as a player come later.

  4. “That Ryan went immediately from apologizing to repeating his criticism of Cooper as a player makes the apology sound somewhat insincere.”
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    I disagree and I don’t like Rex Ryan at all but I’ll defend him here. Calling a player a turd to me is saying they’re a bad guy. He is clarifying that his verbal bashing was against him as a PLAYER and not a PERSON. I see no reason to assume it’s insincere from his statement.

  5. Ryan says he respects every player in the NFL. You probably shouldn’t say that after calling a guy who has never had an off field issue and is well likes in his locker room. It was a jerk think to say Ryan, you should own it.

  6. I wouldnt characterize it as insincere because he doubled down on the criticism. To me, that actually makes the apology come off as genuine. If he apologized for the entire thing, and then acted like he completely changed his position on what he said, he comes off as a fraud. But if he doubles down on his opinion, and apologizes for using that particular word, I can buy that. It seems illogical to take the entire critique back, just because he used one descriptor that wasnt appropriate. He still feels the way he feels. Hopefully Amari can use that as some motivation to prove Ryan wrong

  7. When he’s absolutely given up or looked disinterested in big games I’m sure more people leaned towards calling him what Rex did, as opposed saying yeah, let’s pay him $100 mill.

  8. not good saying that when your occupational future is already in doubt with a looming cancelled season.

  9. It’s better to be thought of as a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

  10. “It would be understandable if Cooper says he does not accept the apology.”

    I don’t think Amari even cares what Rex Ryan said/says.

    Rex is just always crabby because he hasn’t gotton offered a job in the NFL for 4 years. now.

  11. This is how we pass the time now….argue over the horrible filler content of sports shows during no sports🤣

  12. Sounds to me like Rex thinks that Amari lacks heart. A player never wants to hear that. I doubt he’ll be accepting the apology, even if the criticism is true.

  13. You can say anything you want about a certain group of players and coaches. You can’t say anything negative about owners, the majority of coaches or a much smaller group of players.

  14. I don’t agree exactly with his criticism, but it’s Ryan’s job to air it. The apology, however, is necessary. Even if you are right about a player’s contributions or his decision making (again, I do not agree with Ryan on Cooper precisely, but this statement is made hypothetically), criticizing his character is separate. Plenty of bad players are good people, and good players are bad people, as we all know.

    Analysts, even firebrands like Rex Ryan, have the responsibility to keep their comments focused on football, and not on who they perceive a player is because of his business or football decisions or abilities. Ryan was right to apologize for calling Cooper a turd. He should not have tacked his criticism on to that apology. If that’s how Ryan feels about Cooper, he should have made that statement separately from the apology. He’ll have plenty of chances to voice his concerns going forward-at the end of an apology should not qualify as one of them.

  15. He doesn’t need to apologize for being honest. He’s apologizing for his poor choice of words. If you’re a pro scout and watch all the film on Cooper, you might say the say thing Ryan said when you’re in a small group among your peers, but most people talk differently to the public than they do in private. I don’t mind the brutal honesty.

  16. LOL @ Dallas! The Redskins made them over pay for a reciever that doesnt show up in big games!!!

  17. Apologists can squawk all they want but if someone called them a “Turd”, I am sure that none would take it well. It was out of line and was purely for shock value – he’s trying to be relevant. This is the age of clicks and immediate gratification – Ryan fits in perfectly with the Stephen A. world – loud, stupid, and mostly wrong.

  18. being at a Ryan family Thanksgiving had to be great theater when Pops was still alive..

  19. The happiest NFL fans in America are Buffalo Bill fans and Jets fans! Now that he is gone there is hope for these two franchises.

  20. FWIW, Amari had close to 180 yards and a touchdown combined in the two cowboy playoff games.

    that year, he also had that monster 200 yard game against the Eagles as they were battling for a playoff spot.

    and seems odd for Rex to criticize only one playoff win for Cooper, when he was drafted and spent four years with the lowly Raiders, taking THEM to a playoff game as well.

  21. Cooper is not a turd, he’s a really good kid.

    It’s true that he doesn’t love the game and that he disappears in big games and against good defenses.

  22. If a player who is by all accounts a good person and has been talented enough to be the #1 offensive option on every football team he’s been on in his life has to endure being called a turd, then we have major problems with how we see professional athletes. Of the many thousands of football players in the US there aren’t very many better than Cooper.

  23. Rex Ryan is a loud mouth wind bag. He was a good coach until the game passed him by and now he is just a loud mouth win bag living off of his past and the actual talent of other people

  24. And i think rex ryan is a dope & that espn is halfway run by a bunch of fools. Ryan is irrelevant trying to be relevant by exaggerating cooper’s influence, no one player wins a playoff game. If ryan is so great why isn’t he still coaching?
    Espn is always trying to manufacture sports news. I wish they would stop with the bullcrap. They put so much bullcrap out there trying to convince people instead of just giving us highlights & facts like they used to.

  25. There we two top receivers in the 2015 draft, Cooper and Kevin White, the Raiders took Cooper with the 4th pick and Da Bears took Kevin White with th 7th pick. White was a major bust, has been out of the NFL for 2 years. Cooper was a better pick no matter what.

  26. Joe Mixon says:
    April 3, 2020 at 2:52 pm
    So now we have to apologize for 2nd grade insults.

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    If you say it on national TV about someone that definitely doesn’t deserve it, then yep. It’s fine to be critical of a player’s performance against their salary. That’s what Ryan is paid to do. However, Cooper is a good person and a talented football player. Just becoming an NFL player is an insane accomplishment that takes a tremendous amount of work and incredible talent. Ryan knows this, and it was a shameful thing for him to say.

  27. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    April 3, 2020 at 5:18 pm
    Every sports show want’s the edgy guy until he says something edgy.

    ——————

    You can say something edgy without calling a player a pile of crap, and Ryan knows it.

    He apologized. That’s all that was required.

    I doubt he will make the same mistake again.

  28. 1stargazer says:
    April 3, 2020 at 4:33 pm
    The whole Ryan family is a pile of turds
    ____________

    Yet they all accomplished way more in their lives then a troll like you will ever will even if you lived 10 lives

  29. I wouldn’t accept Ryans apology. He apologizes all the time for his reckless comments.

  30. Rex Ryan yet again taking a break from putting other people’s feet in his mouth to stick his own in there. I don’t know how he’s still employed.

  31. I wouldn’t call him a turd. However you could probably think of a description I’m thinking of based on how he let Pacman Jones shoved his head in the turf the first time they met. And to add insult to injury….no flag…

  32. The personal attack wasn’t warranted, and was completely inappropriate… that’s Rex being Rex.

    But, it’s true the Cowboys overpaid. Cooper isn’t consistent and frequently disappears. He’s not a top15 WR.

  33. Am I being gaslighted? Did any of you actually play sports? “Turd” is a common designation for a player that doesn’t help the team. It just sits there, stinking. The show Arrested Development used it this way too, more than a decade ago. No apology is necessary, what do I care though, I stopped watching ESPN about 20 years ago, when they started to force dumb catchphrases into every single highlight. And I stopped working for them 15 years ago.

  34. My perception of the word “turd” is someone who is dishonest, insincere, or as PFT used to describe them, in trouble with the law. Reference the mothballed “turd watch”. As far as we know Cooper has none of those traits

    As far as it pertains to football, the term is not appropriate. Ryan stuffed his foot in his mouth ( probably liked it) and at least had the brains to apologize.

    His criticisms of Cooper’s football career are spot on IMO.

    Rex is and always will be a big blowhard, perfect for ESPN

  35. I’m sorry Rex! Some things just can’t be taken back, no matter how many different ways you apologize. It came out your mouth and it was foul. No one’s shocked.

  36. Shouldn’t Ryan call Jerry a Turd for signing the player? Why blame the player for getting a favorable deal.

  37. The “turd” are the fools who overspent on a running back and on a Cooper.
    This is why they will be an 8-8 team give or take a game.
    In that division they could make the playoffs but that’s it!

  38. I respect Rex Ryan. He’s not wrong in his criticism and do not need to apology for that but he does and did apologize for his bad choice of word.

  39. Ryan expressed himself in a very poor way. But when the Cowboys traded for Cooper, I wondered why the Raiders were willing to trade him. If the Raiders thought Cooper was a top receiver, they would not have traded Cooper away. As in what is wrong with Cooper?.

  40. rex ryan is a turd… sorry i meant to say human excrement would do a better job commenting on football than he does

  41. Nice to see Rex apologize,… as he should.
    If you look at Coopers stats,… Ryan is correct.
    Half of his 1100 yds came in 4 games. 585.
    There’s no consistency from game to game. I think Rex is spot on,… he struggles against a good defense.

  42. Rex Ryan knows he will never coach again so he’s taken to saying outrageous things to stay relevant.

    Attacking a player’s game is one thing, baseless personal attacks are nothing but click bait.

  43. Looks like Rex put his foot in his mouth again. In fact he does it so much, it’s almost as if he gets pleasure out of doing so.

  44. Now a reporter needs to call Cooper and say “Did you hear what Rex Ryan said? Any reaction?” to keep this story going.

  45. @Han Brolo says:
    April 3, 2020 at 1:59 pm
    I wouldnt characterize it as insincere because he doubled down on the criticism. To me, that actually makes the apology come off as genuine. If he apologized for the entire thing, and then acted like he completely changed his position on what he said, he comes off as a fraud.
    ==================================
    Rex Ryan is a fraud!!

  46. @aj66shanghai says:
    April 3, 2020 at 6:53 pm
    Am I being gaslighted? Did any of you actually play sports? “Turd” is a common designation for a player that doesn’t help the team. It just sits there, stinking. The show Arrested Development used it this way too, more than a decade ago. No apology is necessary, what do I care though, I stopped watching ESPN about 20 years ago, when they started to force dumb catchphrases into every single highlight. And I stopped working for them 15 years ago.
    ===========================================
    You stopped working for them when you got fired.

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