SoRaspy: Flipping bird will cost Jets LB Scott $10,000
New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott was fined $10,000 by the team for flipping his middle finger at a news photographer Monday in the locker room, the team announced Thursday.
“Bart’s actions were inappropriate and unacceptable,” the Jets said in a statement.
On Tuesday, coach Rex Ryan indicated that Scott would be disciplined, saying “we’ll address it” and “that’s not acceptable in dealing with the media.”
One day after the season-ending loss to the Miami Dolphins, a handful of players refused to speak with the media, including Scott. As players cleaned out their lockers, Scott walked out of the locker room with a garbage bag. When a photographer got too close, Scott snapped, “Get that f —– thing out of my face.”
At that point, Scott flashed the middle finger at the photographer. On Tuesday, an NFL spokesman said the league was investigating the matter. That he was fined by the team probably means the league won’t take action.
This wasn’t the first time a member of the Jets was fined for an obscene gesture. In January 2010, Ryan was fined $50,000 by the team for giving the middle finger to a fan at an MMA event in South Florida.
Scott might have played his last game as a Jet. He’s due to make $4.2 million in 2012 — all guaranteed — and the team will try to get younger on defense. Scott was unhappy late in the season because his playing time was diminished.
Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com.
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