Bart Scott’s Middle Finger Salute Under Review, NFL Confirms

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The NFL is looking into an obscene gesture Jets linebacker Bart Scott made toward a photographer in the team’s locker room.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed Tuesday that the league is reviewing the incident which occurred as the players cleared out their lockers at the team’s facility in Florham Park, N.J., on Monday after failing to make the playoffs.

After packing up his belongings, Scott was asked about a report that he likely wouldn’t be back in 2012.

“All I know is I’ve got a guaranteed contract for $4 million,” Scott snapped as he was walking out.

He then turned, stuck out his middle finger and used an expletive while telling a photographer to get the camera out of his face.

“Take a picture of this,” he said.

In separate interviews, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan said it was “unacceptable” behavior. “I don’t know exactly how,” Ryan added, “but that situation will definitely be addressed.”

A fine may be issued by the league. In 2010, the Jets fined head coach Rex Ryan $50,000 for flipping fans the bird at an MMA event during Super Bowl week.

Ryan was fined $75,000 by the NFL this season for telling a heckler to “shut the (bleep) up” at MetLife Stadium. That incident, which occurred during halftime of the Jets’ 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots, was caught on tape and uploaded to YouTube.

Should the NFL fine Scott? If so, how much? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • Bill

    Poor reporter was flipped off by a Football player in the locker room after a losing season. Grow a pair. Does he cry to his mommy in midtown traffic too?

  • DarthEVaderCheney

    What IS IT with these highly-overpaid, under-educated infantile jocks who even assume they have the right to talk to intelligent human beings. Make them all gladiators against each other, then XPD the final winner. It really is that simple!

    • DarthEVaderCheney

      XPD = Expedient Demise.

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