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Rex Ryan stands by Dennis Thurman

Dennis Thurman looks on during a game against

Dennis Thurman looks on during a game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Photo Credit: AP, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Rex Ryan said he doesn't need to know any details.

His 15-year friendship with Dennis Thurman is evidence enough, he said.

Ryan began his news conference on Saturday by defending his defensive coordinator, who was accused of slapping a woman at a New Jersey restaurant earlier this week. No police charges were filed.

"I'll tell you a little bit about the guy I know: He grew up with five sisters, he's got two beautiful daughters," Ryan said.

"Dennis Thurman, I trust, I respect. And I love Dennis Thurman. OK? It's an honor to know Dennis. He's a great person. I think when all the facts come out about everything . . . the guy I'm describing, everybody else will see the same way I do."

The Morristown, N.J. police department released a report of an "alleged simple assault" of a 28-year-old woman involving Thurman, 58. Police said the victim alleged she had been slapped by the Jets assistant coach during an exchange at Pazzo Pazzo Restaurant in Morristown Wednesday afternoon. Police referred the victim to the Violations Bureau of the Morristown Municipal Court and advised her on how she could pursue a complaint. The Morristown police concluded there will be no further investigation into the case.

Though Ryan said he wasn't a witness to the incident -- and "didn't know the facts" -- he threw his full support by his friend and coach. "I know Dennis Thurman. And Dennis Thurman, the guy that I know wouldn't put his hands on anybody, let alone a woman," Ryan said.

Ryan wouldn't say whether Thurman will face disciplinary actions by the team. "I don't know. Let's move on," the coach said. "Let's let the facts play out. I've already said I don't know the facts of it, I wasn't there. Nobody in here does. But I'm confident in the person that I know."

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed to Newsday that the league will review the matter. "As with any such incident, we will look into it to make sure we understand the facts," Aiello wrote in an email.

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