NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Jets coach Rex Ryan doesn’t want to see lots of Cowboys jerseys in the crowd at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
“I don’t know why they’d be here,” he joked on Wednesday. “They’re coming into our stadium. It’s probably not recommended that you wear Cowboys stuff, I would think.”
The Jets’ outspoken head coach isn’t one to hold his tongue. But with the outbreak of high-profile violence among professional sports fans this year, Ryan may have mistakenly fanned the flames.
Fighting at this year’s 49ers-Raiders preseason game in August was witnessed by the mayors of San Francisco and Oakland along with being captured on video and replayed over and over again on the Internet.
More than 70 fans were ejected from the stadium, 12 people were arrested and dozens of medical calls were made. After the game, two men were wounded in separate parking lot shootings. A third man earlier was beaten unconscious in a bathroom.
The violence in San Francisco is a reminder of an attack at another rivalry game. San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was severely beaten by two men in Los Angeles Dodgers gear outside Dodger Stadium after the archrivals’ season opener. Two men charged in the beating have pleaded not guilty.
Stow, 42, a Santa Cruz paramedic, suffered severe brain injuries.
Dallas has a long rivalry with New York — but not with the Jets. Trash talk is usually reserved for Cowboys-Giants.
That doesn’t matter much to Rex.
“Of course, when that’s one of your huge rivals, well of course you dislike them,” said Ryan. “This week, I can’t stand Dallas, but I’m a huge fan of theirs for the next 15 games in the regular season, but I don’t like them right now.”
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