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Jets hit Rex in wallet, fine him $50,000 for gesture

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan takes

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan takes the field for the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. (January 24, 2010) Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Rex Ryan's wallet got a bit lighter Tuesday.

The Jets fined their coach $50,000 for his obscene gesture at a mixed martial arts event in Miami on Saturday night. Ryan was photographed making the gesture toward Miami resident David M. Hildenbrand, something that didn't sit well with the organization and ultimately led to Ryan apologizing.

General manager Mike Tannenbaum strongly admonished Ryan's conduct in a statement Sunday, saying it was inappropriate and showed poor judgment. He added that the matter would be handled internally, and the Jets chose to take action two days later.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello has said the NFL is looking into the incident, but there's a possibility the league may choose not to additionally fine Ryan given the team's quickly leaping into action first. Titans owner Bud Adams was fined $250,000 for making a similar gesture toward a Buffalo fan during a Titans game against the Bills in Nashville in November.

Ryan, who riled up Dolphins fans during a live television interview near ringside that broadcast throughout the arena, didn't comment on the fine but was apologetic Sunday.

"It was stupid and inappropriate," he said in Sunday's statement. "I wouldn't accept that type of behavior from one of the coaches or players and it's unacceptable from me. I apologize to the Jets organization, the National Football League and NFL fans everywhere."

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