McCourty brothers critical of Rex Ryan, ESPN for Amari Cooper comment

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Former Jets and Bills coach Rex Ryan made waves last week when he called Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper a “turd” during an appearance on ESPN and the comment reached a wider audience when the network promoted the comment on social media.

Ryan apologized for using that term after a widespread negative reaction and that reaction continued on the podcast hosted by Patriots defensive backs Devin and Jason McCourtyDevin McCourty said to ESPN that “you don’t need to air Rex Ryan” in order to get ratings because they’re about to air a highly anticipated multi-part documentary about Michael Jordan.

His brother criticized the network for amplifying what Ryan said.

“To me, the crazy thing was after he said it, ‘Get Up!’ posted it on Twitter, ESPN retweeted it on Twitter,” Jason McCourty said, via WEEI.com. “Everybody was all-in on this ‘turd’ comment. I guess, at the same time, it’s all about entertainment — how can we get more viewers, how can we get people to click this, click that? But at what point in the game can you call somebody a turd? Whether he’s a good player or not a good player, it was just bad ball all around.”

Cooper has not had any public response to Ryan’s comment.

24 responses to “McCourty brothers critical of Rex Ryan, ESPN for Amari Cooper comment

  1. Whether watching the NFL pregame shows or any of these other daily shows I would love it if they all would say something negative about another player. You can only watch or listen to so much of what these “guys” would do to “stop this” or do this to “stop that”, BORING.
    They need to make it worth watching or listening to. Ryan is one of the few if not the only one who can say something worth listening to.

  2. Why is this such a big deal? Are you trying to tell me Cooper, or any other person has never posted an insult on Twitter? This is really a Pretty small thing and I’m disappointed that Ryan even apologized.

  3. Excellent! This must mean that every Player, past and present is going to come out and apologize for much worse things that they have said or posted about the Patriots and Bill Belichick in specific. I can’t wait.

  4. Let’s see, I’ve been called worse names than that at a job. Funny thing is Cooper to the best of my knowledge hasn’t said anything which is the way to handle it for many reasons. First you don’t give a nitwit the honor of a response, and secondly he knows in his head he didn’t show up in big games. Look at the big games last year, he was a zero. Look at the big games in Oakland, zero. Why do you thing Gruden got rid of him?

    Time for a lot of people to put their big boy pants on and do what they need to do to prevent comments like that. There will always be haters even if you are performing at an elite level. We need to stop crying about everything in this country.

    Get up, do your thing to the best of your ability whatever it is, be a good human, and repeat.

  5. Failed at coaching? 30 years coaching, 20 in the NFL, 8 as a head coach – a Super Bowl ring – MILLIONS of dollars

    I would consider that a successful coaching career.

  6. Rex is a blowhard. He needs to just remind everyone of that every year or so. Message recieved Rex.

  7. My favorite part of this entire thing is all the people who over analyze the definition of the word “turd” lmao people saying a turd is somebody who has character issues or is a bad person. Since when? What council of language decided on that? I’ve called guys turds who are by all accounts some of the nicest human beings around.

  8. @freakylj8

    I sympathize with your sentiment but not on this one.

    This was simply unprofessional and low brow. I applaud anyone who stands for quality and decency like the McCourty’s did. I didn’t see/hear them but on paper this looks measured and reasonable.

  9. @birds of a feather says:
    April 6, 2020 at 9:44 am

    —-

    Cooper was dealing with ankle injuries all last year. He stayed in to help Dak, but you know, hearsay sounds better, right? Especially, when youre an eagles fan who lost out on Cooper

  10. Older folks: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”

    Millennials: “Words are hurtful, I’m offended.”

  11. Stop. Watching. TV.

    All those shows with the Shannon Sharpes and the Stephen Smiths and the Skip Baylesses of the world are bad for your IQ, people. If you want to see higher quality football analysis that goes beyond silly gossip (more Xs and Os stuff), then search the internet -Youtube has some great productions.

  12. freakylj8 says:
    April 6, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Wow – everyone is so thin-skinned these days..

    These days? Tell me when in the past we’ve had TV guys calling players “turds”?

  13. joetoronto says:
    April 6, 2020 at 10:20 am
    Older folks: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”

    ———————————
    As an “older folk” I cal B.S. on this.

    Sure, there are those like Rex Ryan who believe that degrading others in order to earn a paycheck is worth it. There are degenerates in every generation.

    But the vast majority of my generation believes in treating people with respect and classifying human beings as excrement is not something that any decent human being would do, especially in a public forum.

    I resent the implication that we “older folks” would condone this behavior in any way.

    Ryan should be fired immediately, and if he isn’t then those who pay him to speak on their networks should face immediate boycott until he is.

    It is time for us to sand up and demand a basic level of decency from those we give the power of the microphone to.

  14. freakylj8 says:
    April 6, 2020 at 8:48 am
    Wow – everyone is so thin-skinned these days..

    ————

    Or maybe people that work their butt off their whole lives to pursue excellence at their profession and achieve the highest levels, all while being a good person and teammate, don’t want to be publicly called the equivalent of “excrement”.

  15. all i can remember about cooper is his taking himself out of a game late last season when his team needed him the most(same in oakland)….would rice or any other “elite” wr do this…no, they want to make the great play when the pressure is on….he doesn’t deserve an elite contract, but aspires to rise to “turd”status….ryan only called a turd a turd..

  16. 1. Why would anyone care what Rex Ryan says? He’s been out of the NFL for 3 years.

    2. Why would anyone care what someone thinks of Rex Ryan?

  17. bullcharger says:
    April 6, 2020 at 10:57 am
    freakylj8 says:
    April 6, 2020 at 8:48 am
    Wow – everyone is so thin-skinned these days..

    ————

    Or maybe people that work their butt off their whole lives to pursue excellence at their profession and achieve the highest levels, all while being a good person and teammate, don’t want to be publicly called the equivalent of “excrement”.
    ______________________________
    …..exactly.

    but can you say “the embolden weak”?

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