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Rex Ryan gettin his MMA on (UPDATED)

(UPDATE BELOW)

I was at the Bank Atlantic Center last night for the Strike Force event on SHOWTIME. I saw some pretty good action. Herschel Walker made his MMA debut and didn't embarrass himself, in my opinion. Robbie Lawler won on a lucky punch. Cris Cyborg makes me wonder if she could fight with dudes? And, Nick Diaz retained his title. All in all, it was a good night.

Then there was a Rex Ryan sighting.

Rex was taking in the event with Fox Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer (who is the Brock Lesnar of the NFL reporting business). The Jets Head Coach was interviewed in between fights and a cascade of boos came down on him by the crowd of eight thousand. It probably had something to do with him telling the audience that the Jets would beat the Dolphins twice next season.

You can see a picture of Rex on the JumboTron Rexryanjumbo
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 I was amused & not surprised by the reaction to Rex

Then 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 SouthFlorida.  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...

Dave H., Miami, FL

JUST FOR THE RECORD: I'm not naive to think that this was an amicable discussion between Dolphin fans & Rex. I'm pretty sure that this wasn't just friendly banter that led to Rex's reaction.

Now, I'm in the midst of finding out if I can post the picture sent to me by Dave in Miami of Rex Ryan telling Dolphins' fans, " YOU'RE #1."

Stay tuned as I should have an answer rather soon.

***UPDATE***

So, here's a link to the picture of Rex Ryan at the Strikeforce MMA Event yesterday (courtesy of my blogger friends at SPORTSBYBROOKS). You can also see the non altered UN-FAMILY FRIENDLY (if you're easily offended do not click on the 790 link) picture at the stations website 790 The Ticket.

***UPDATE***

From NFL.com Blog

Jets coach Rex Ryan issued a statement Sunday, apologizing for “stupid and inappropriate” behavior after a photo of him making an obscene gesture toward Dolphins fans surfaced on the Internet.

“I wouldn’t accept that type of behavior from one of the coaches or players, and it’s unacceptable from me,” Ryan said of the incident, which reportedly occurred Saturday night at a mixed martial-arts event in Miami. “I apologize to the Jets organization, the National Football League and NFL fans everywhere.”

Said Jets general manager 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.”

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Jim Bresky

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Mike Ryan

Yeah!

Roberto Humidor

OK so where's the unaltered pic @ the 790 site?

arlo smith

Come on. An NFL coach flipping the bird would have been all over the place. You sure it really happened? Anyway like him or not he's entertaining which is more than I can say for Tony Dungy zzz.zzz.z

FQ

The article the accompanies the picture places the whole incident in context:

"I was told that when Ryan first entered the venue with a group of friends, one particular individual, who appeared to be inebriated, unleashed a torrent of profane insults on the coach".

"When the man showed no signs of stopping, a brief skirmish ensued between the harasser and arena security. Ryan was not involved in the altercation. Arena security then removed the offending individual from Ryan’s seating area but for some reason did not kick him out of the building, allow the individual to return to his original seat.

When Ryan left the event, he once again passed by the seat location of the heckler and saluted the allegedly intoxicated individual with an obscene gesture as he exited the building".

Most of us would have either physically retaliated against the heckler or left the venue out of fear of it turning into a fight.

Ryan merely struck the ideal compromise.

Ryan fan or Ryan detractor, you have to respect a man who stands by his position and yet shows restraint.

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