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Rex Ryan reportedly fined $100,000 for use of profanity after win over Steelers

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New York Jets coach Rex Ryan reportedly has been fined $100,000 by the NFL for his use of profanity following the team’s 2-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

As the game finished and Ryan was making his way off the sidelines, the coach could be seen dropping an f-bomb. The prevailing theory was that Ryan was swearing at Mike Mitchell after the Steelers safety leaped over the offensive line while the Jets were in the victory formation. Ryan said afterward that the move by Mitchell was “bush league.”

The New York Daily News offered up a different theory regarding the cause of Ryan’s outburst, speculating that the f-bomb was instead directed at the referees as Ryan believed the men in black and white were protecting Ben Roethlisberger more than Michael Vick, an argument he made to officials during the game that drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

It would stand to reason that the NFL would come down much harder on Ryan if he was swearing at the refs as opposed to player, although given Ryan’s history with boorish behavior, any utterance of an f-bomb by the Jets coach is likely to force the NFL’s hand.

If the reports are accurate that the league has levied a whopping $100,000 fine on Ryan — and there’s no reason not to believe Mort’s sources (FOX Sports’ Mike Garafalo later confirmed it through his sources, as did NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport) — it would be third time Ryan has been punished for the use of profanity via the lightening his wallet.

Ryan previously was fined $75,000 by the NFL for swearing at a fan in 2011 and $50,000 by the Jets for flashing his middle finger in a photograph taken in 2010.

Ryan, ever the joker, remarked after the game that “F— you” was the furthest thing from what he was actually saying.

“I think I was saying, ‘Thank you,'” Ryan said. “Obviously, I’ve got to do a good job of controlling my emotions. Things happen. I’m sorry if I offended anybody.”

Essentially admitting to the vulgar transgression arguably sealed Ryan’s fate, or helped bolster the NFL’s case against him.