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Nashville police investigating assault complaint against Rex Ryan

Head coach Rex Ryan of the Buffalo Bills

Head coach Rex Ryan of the Buffalo Bills during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Nov. 23, 2015. Credit: Getty Images / Maddie Meyer

Nashville police are investigating a misdemeanor assault complaint made by a man who says former Buffalo Bills and Jets coach Rex Ryan grabbed him by the neck.

Police spokesman Don Aaron said that Matthew Havel, 30, of Pueblo, Colorado, made the complaint Sunday night.

Havel told police that he saw the Ryan brothers — Rex and former NFL defensive coordinator Rob Ryan — at the Margaritaville restaurant in downtown Nashville near Bridgestone Arena. Aaron said Havel indicated he went up to the Ryans’ table and was there for more than an hour before Rex Ryan “reached across and grabbed at his neck.”

Havel told police the incident was unprovoked.

Aaron said no arrests have been made and no charges are outstanding.

Rex Ryan is a longtime Nashville Predators ticket holder who has been seen at many of their playoff games, including one of their second-round road matchups in St. Louis. He also was shown Saturday smashing a Pittsburgh Penguins car for charity in front of Bridgestone Arena while Rob looked on before the Predators’ Game 3 victory in the Stanley Cup Final.

Rex Ryan coached the Jets from 2009-14 and the Bills from 2015-16 before being fired in December. Rob Ryan has been a defensive coordinator for several NFL teams and was on his brother’s staff in Buffalo last year.


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