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.”

Did Rex take it too far? Be heard in the comments below…

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Comments (11)
  1. Video coming out!! says:

    I heard rumor of a new foot fetish video coming out soon. This one is Rex and a former USC Quarterback who I won’t name, and some friends from the Stonewall. Gay times indeed!! Can this embarassment of a Coach get any worse?

  2. lawyermom says:

    I don’t expect football coaches to be smart, but this comment is so completely idiotic and irresponsible that I do think the NFL should levy a heavy fine on him to get his attention. I visited NYC for the first time in my life last spring, and I was very impressed with the native New Yorkers I met. However, no city needs a public figure like Ryan to incite young, drinking fans against the fans of the other team. I am saddened that no one in a position of authority has spoken out against this and that Ryan has not been made to publicly renounce his comment.

  3. joey bafhgadonuts says:

    Jets – 49
    Cowboys – 3

    Rex for President

  4. David says:

    It’s America’s favorite pasttime, all over again….blame someone else for your own stupidity…it doesn’t matter WHAT Rex Ryan says (and for the record, he’s taken the Jets to the conference championship WITH a rookie quarterback his first two years in the boss’s chair, so he MUST be doing something RIGHT)…there is absolutely NO EXCUSE for fan violence at a game…if you f—ing idiots can’t control yourselves then you have no business leaving your house each morning, much less going to an NFL game

  5. Mike T. says:

    What a moron. We all knew he says things that are stupid, but now he’s added irresponsibility to his repertoire. Your average Jet fan who’s 25, drunk, and with his drunk buddies doesn’t need to be incited. Wonder what Brian Stow’s wife would say to Rex.

  6. ruben says:

    …………I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use ( Bidsget ) . ( com )

  7. Alan Dee says:

    Rex Ryan is an idiot- plain and simple. I mean seriously- can the guy be any more clueless?

    He’s basically encouraging impressionable egg heads to go after FANS. It’s a sporting event Rex- not a naval battle.


  8. Anthony says:

    Honestly I don’t think he realized what he was ultimately saying with this quote. Now that he is aware he needs to set the record straight that he is against stadium violence and move on. He is entertaining and should keep talking…but if you talk enough you are going to flub.

  9. Emily Post says:

    Promoting fan violence.
    Flipping off Miami fans at a Miami game.
    Public foot fettish vids w/ his wife (and another man)
    Making games “personal”

    Stay Classy, Rex.

    1. Emily Post says:

      “Flipping off Miami fans at an MMA game”, rather

  10. levelheaded brooklynite says:

    This guy is completely clueless. Rex will have blood on his hands.

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