Jets head coach Rex Ryan apologized for using an obscene gesture toward Dolphins fans at a Mixed Martial Arts event in Miami Saturday night, and he faces a potential fine from the NFL for his actions.
But the incident was met with understanding from some of his players, and it's not likely to diminish his standing with the team moving forward.
"You've got to understand, we’re human," cornerback Darrelle Revis (pictured covering Chad Ochocinco at a Pro Bowl practice) said after last night's Pro Bowl. "We still have feelings and people get angry. It’s just that you have to control it sometimes. The best thing is to apologize and then move forward.”
Center Nick Mangold said it points up the intense scrutiny professional athletes are under.
“It’s one of those things where you never know where a camera is going to be," Mangold said. "It’s unfortunate. You have to move on. I think more so now, as techonolgoy is evolving with camera phones, it can be anywhere. So you have to stay on your “A” game."
Defensive end Shaun Ellis said he was not upset with the actions of his coach. "Sometimes thing happen," Ellis said. "We're under the microscope a lot. He apologized, and now it's over."