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article imageRex Ryan Apologizes for Gesture

By Michael Bearak     Jan 31, 2010 in Sports
Rex Ryan might be out of the playoffs, but he isn't out of the spotlight. Saturday night while attending a mixed martial arts event in Miami he made an obscene gesture towards a Miami Dolphins' fan.
The outspoken head coach of the New York Jets has never been one to hold back when something was on his mind. He repeatedly boasted about his Jets when they got into the playoffs that they would end up in the Super Bowl, a prediction many laughed at but he almost made come true if it weren't for Payton Manning and the Colts along with the fact the game goes sixty minutes and not just thirty.
Still Saturday night Ryan's uncensored attitude many have finally caught up with him. While attending a Mixed Martial Arts event in Miami Ryan was shown on the large TV screen of the Bank Atlantic Center and in turn received a chorus of boos from the fans in attendance. In an effort to just play it up to the hostile fans Ryan spouted off, "I want to just tell everybody in Miami, hey, we're coming to beat you twice next year."
Then he flipped a Dolphins' fan the middle finger, which was caught on a camera phone and then sent to Jorge Sedano of 790 The Ticket, an ESPN Radio affiliate in Miami and posted on SportsbyBrooks.com.
Sunday Ryan had to eat some more humble pie as he publicly apologized for his behavior in a written statement: "It was stupid and inappropriate. I wouldn't accept that type of behavior from one of the coaches or players and its unacceptable from me. I apologize to the Jets organization, the National Football League and NFL fans everywhere."
Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum released a statement condemning his coach's actions but citing that any further action that would be taken by the team would be done so internally.
Ryan has now opened himself up to a league fine under their conduct policy as well
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