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Jets’ Ryan won’t appeal $75K fine

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Associated Press
November 22, 2011
— Rex Ryan’s mouth really cost him this time.

The brash New York Jets coach will not appeal a $75,000 fine issued by the NFL on Monday for using profanity while angrily responding to a fan at halftime of New York’s 37-16 loss to New England last Sunday. Ryan received an official notice from Commissioner Roger Goodell in the morning.


“The commissioner’s got a tough enough job,” Ryan said. “I’m an NFL lifer. I know I represent the NFL and I know I represent the Jets, so I’m accountable for my actions.”


Ryan spoke to Goodell a few days ago to discuss the matter, and to apologize to him.


“Quite honestly, the man’s made a decision, and if his decision is that I should be fined $75,000, then that’s the way it is,” Ryan said.


, when asked if the punishment was excessive. “I just want to get it behind me.”


A 49-second video shot by a fan at MetLife Stadium shows the Jets walking off the field and when Ryan appears, someone is heard yelling, “Hey, Rex, Belichick is better than you,” referring to Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Ryan looks up and tells the fan to “shut up” while also using an obscenity.


Ryan apologized a day later for what he called “a mistake,” saying he “was full of emotion and just popped off.”



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