You Can't Blame Rex Ryan for Swearing at Obnoxious Fan

Rex RyanImagine you are a coach in the National Football League and your blood is pumping, your emotions are high, and some idiot in the crowd is taunting you and your life's work. You'd probably tell said idiot to "shut the f**k up," which is exactly what New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan did.

And now he is paying for it.


Ryan's remarks came during halftime of a game with rival New England Patriots (the Jets lost), and, unfortunately for him, they were caught on camera. The NFL fined him $75,000.
I don't even make that much in a year and I tell people to "shut the fuck up" all the time. It's a good thing I don't work for the NFL.

Ryan had a similar experience two seasons ago when he let his middle finger do the talking to a rowdy fan. Apparently people yell at him a lot. Said Ryan, "I'm accountable for my actions, so I won't appeal it [the fine]."

I can't help but feel for Rex Ryan. Granted, being taunted and yelled at by stupid, drunk, and otherwise excited fans comes with the job (kind of like writing articles for The Stir -- I kid), and reacting in fashion is only natural.

Sure, you can make the argument that the NFL is trying to project a family-friendly environment and that foul language has no place there, but I'm not buying that. My idea of family-friendly isn't three hours of violence being cheered by women in their underwear, not that I don't like it, but I figure a few F-bombs are just part of the experience. Sticks and stones and all that.

Ryan has admitted his mistake and apologized to the league for it. He's paying the fine. But is it fair? I don't think so. I'm a firm believer that some people just need to shut the fuck up, and there shouldn't be any fines for telling them.

What do you think about Rex Ryan's cursing and the punishment he has received?


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