Rex Ryan issued a statement to the media today apologizing for his obscene gesture at the MMA Strikeforce event in Miami last night:
Ryan: “It was stupid and inappropriate. I wouldn’t accept that type of behavior from one of the coaches or players and it’s unacceptable from me. I apologize to the Jets organization, the National Football League and NFL fans everywhere.”
New York Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum: “Rex showed extremely poor judgment and his conduct was inappropriate. He knows he was wrong, has apologized and we have accepted his apology. Any other actions regarding this incident will be addressed internally by the organization.”
This afternoon I spoke over the phone to an eyewitness of the events that took place before and during the time of Ryan’s obscene gesture.
UPDATE (6:38p ET): Here’s an eyewitness account of Ryan’s obscene gesture.
Jorge Sedano of 790 The Ticket in Miami and the MIAMI HERALD sent me this photo today of Rex Ryan flipping off fans last night at the MMA Strikeforce event in Miami:
Background on the shot from Sedano:
I received an email from a listener/reader who was at the event. This is how it read.
Here’s a pic of the Jets’ coach as he smiles and flicks off two of my friends at a recent MMA show in South Florida. They identified themselves as Dolphin fans and thus this is his reaction. You tend to expect some sort of a class from a head coach, or at least you used to…
Why do I have a feeling that the photographer’s friends did a little more than “identify themselves as Dolphin fans” to cause Ryan’s gesticulative reaction?
Ryan also did an interview on Showtime during the event which was aired over the public address system.
You probably won’t be surprised to find out that the coach said something that didn’t make Dolphins fans happy.