Thanks to the many of you who made mention of Jay Glazer’s broader account of the Rex Ryan middle finger incident. It sounds like the fan who Ryan flicked off was rather toolish and showed restraint in the face of a guy who clearly wanted to get into an altercation with the Jets coach.
“Really, the crowd was awesome. As soon as we walked in, guys were kind of ribbing him a little bit, he was back and forth with them,” Glazer said. “It was fun; he loved it, they loved him, everybody was great.
“As we get down to the floor … we walk past this one fan, he sees Rex, he’s literally one foot away … This is about as close as I can get it: He said, ‘Hey. I eff-in hate you. I hate you. I hate you. You’re an eff-in piece of eff.’
“I mean it was unbelievable, and he just kept going on and on. Then he said, ‘I hate you. I hope you die, you fat piece of crap,’ and then spit at him.”
Glazer wouldn’t say if it was an intentional spit at the coach, or an accident based on how close the men were.
“I got in front of Rex (because) I didn’t want Rex to kill the guy,” Glazer said. “And Rex said, when the guy said, ‘I hope you die, you fat piece of crap,’ that’s when Rex stopped and said, ‘Hey,’ and he turned, and that’s when the spit came. …
“That’s when Patrick and Trent said, ‘Hey, hey, hey,’ and kinda stepped in so Rex didn’t do anything that was bad.
“I gotta tell you guys, I’ve never seen a fan go so far over the line like this guy had. At first we thought he was joking, because, I mean nobody’s gonna really do this.”
After the group got to their seats, Glazer said the same fan found them an hour later and started taunting Ryan again. Then, after asking security to remove the fan form the arena and they did not, Ryan’s group was being escorted out when they encountered the fan a third time. That’s when Ryan finally flipped his middle finger.
“It was a quick thing. It was ‘Bleep’ and he gave him the finger,” Glazer said. “And I saw it, too, the dude’s friend had a camera, and I was like, oh, man here we go.”
Glazer is a guy who self-admittedly doesn’t “go for the scoop, I go for the relationship” so you have to wonder whether or not Glazer is covering for his guy, Rex Ryan to curry favor. Still, this seems like something that would be pretty easy to disprove if Glazer was lying, so for Glazer to go out on a limb with Trent Cole, Patrick Willis and any other witnesses in the area … makes little sense.
The Post article is a good read, Ryan was with Glazer “to discuss Glazer’s MMA-based training methods for NFL players, with Vernon Gholston a possible candidate.” Interesting …