The boisterous New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan was unable to lead his team to victory over the division rival New England Patriots in what was a demoralizing home defeat on national television last night. Now, things could get worse.
A video posted on YouTube shows that while leaving the field at some point (either at halftime or at the end), someone in the crowd yelled to Ryan "Hey Rex, Belichick is better than you," in regards to Ryan's head coaching counterpart on the Patriots. In no mood for the peanut gallery, Ryan apparently instructed the fan to, "Shut the f**k up," although the camera only captured audio of the exchange.
It's not clear if the heckler was a Jets or Patriots fan, but the crowd who heard the back-and-forth laughed at the outburst nonetheless. The NFL does not find such behavior comical.
The Newark-based Star-Ledger reports that the NFL is aware of the video, and a league spokesman said the NFL will "take a look at it." Ryan was fined $50,000 by the Jets in 2010 after a cell phone camera caught the coach gleefully waiving the middle finger at a fan during a mixed martial arts event in Florida.
Ryan was not alone in making vulgar comments after the game. Following a successful performance against what many consider to be the best defense in the league, the New York Post reports that Belichick said to his son in celebration “Thirty-seven points on the best defense in the league, s*** my d***.”
UPDATE* : In an interview on New York-based 1050 ESPN Radio, Rex Ryan confirmed the vulgar comments. "Quite honestly, my emotions got the best of me," said Ryan on the Michael Kay Show. Contrary to earlier reports which noted that the comments came after the loss, Ryan clarified that the video was filmed during an altercation as the team walked to the locker room at halftime.
This revelation makes the outburst perhaps even more inappropriate, for it eliminates the shaky-defense that Ryan was frustrated after a demoralizing loss. Given that he told a fan to "Shut the f-ck up" as the game remained close at halftime, one is led to believe that this is perhaps the behavior Ryan displays in general to heckling fans.