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Jets coach Ryan fined $75,000 for swearing at fan

Jets head coach Rex Ryan argues a call with referee Mike Carey during their game against the Ravens in Baltimore
Jets head coach Rex Ryan argues a call with referee Mike Carey during their game against the Ravens in Baltimore

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Temperamental New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has been fined $75,000 for swearing at a fan during last week's loss to the New England Patriots, the National Football League said on Monday.

The incident occurred at the end of the first half of New York's 37-16 defeat. As the Jets walked off the field to the locker room, a fan yelled at Ryan: "Rex, (Bill) Belichick is better than you."

Ryan responded with a foul-mouthed reply that was caught on camera. He apologized the next day but the NFL took a dim view of his actions.

"I was emotional, it was an emotional time. I obviously made a mistake. I was full of emotion and just popped off," Ryan said. "I apologize for it."

The fine followed a $50,000 punishment levied on Ryan last February for making an obscene gesture at a fan at a mixed martial arts event in Florida that was also captured on camera and widely viewed on the internet.

The Jets team in recent years has also paid heavily for other misdoings, incurring $225,000 in fines.

Last season they were fined $100,000 after a tripping incident along the sidelines in which an assistant coach asked players to stand in a row to get in the way of opponents.

The year before, the NFL fined the Jets $125,000 for not reporting an injury to Brett Favre late in the 2008 season, including $25,000 apiece for general manager Mike Tannenbaum and then-coach Eric Mangini.

(Reporting by Larry Fine; Editing by Julian Linden)

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