After much speculation as to how hard an ill-advised sweary comeback to a fan would hit New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, the NFL has decided to fine him to the tune of $75,000.
It wasn’t Ryan’s first financial penalty for opening his mouth- back in February of 2010, he was fined $50,000 by the Jets for flipping a fan off at an unrelated event. For his latest transgression, Ryan hasn’t been fined or otherwise sanctioned by the Jets, and he says he doesn’t plan to contest the disciplinary action from the NFL.
Ryan, who apologized a day after he was caught telling a fan to “shut the f*ck up,” explained his response after the fan said Patriots coach Bill Belicheck was “better than” Ryan after the Jets’ November 13th loss:
“I was emotional. It was an emotional time. I obviously made a mistake. I was full of emotion and just popped off,” Ryan said. “Obviously, I know I represent the National Football League. I know I represent the Jets, and I know it was a mistake. I apologize for it.
“This is who I am … I’m about as big a competitor as there is and, at that time, I was in no mood to hear anything, but I also understand I have to handle that better.”
While the loss to the Patriots was enough to make Ryan lose his temper at the fan, it’s not like he doesn’t have a sense of humor about football. In 2012, he’s set to play a fan of Jets-rival team the Patriots in the Adam Sandler film I Hate You, Dad.