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Rex Ryan defends dad against slur accusation

Posted on: March 23, 2011 9:43 am
Edited on: March 23, 2011 9:44 am
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Posted by Josh Katzowitz

About seven months before former Bears S Dave Duerson fatally shot himself in the chest, he conducted an interview with Deadspin.com where he accused former NFL head coach Buddy Ryan of using a racial slur during a conversation in 1983.

This is what Dueson said:

In the NFL, I was ostracized from Day One – not by my teammates but by my defensive coordinator. I was drafted by the Bears in 1983. My first day walking into Halas Hall, I met Buddy Ryan. He knew I'd gone to Notre Dame, and he asked me if I was one of those doctors or lawyers. I said, "Yes, sir." He said, "Well, you won't be here too long, because I don't like smart n-----s."

I worked for Buddy for three years, and there was not a day that he did not remind me that I was not his draft pick, that he did not want me there or something to that effect: "You won't be here too long because I'm trying my best to get you out of here." That kind of thing. And so it was a very lonely feeling in that regard.

It was not motivational at all. The guy simply hated my guts, without question.

Ryan immediately denied the n-word was even in his vocabulary, and Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, Jets coach Rex Ryan got the chance to further defend his father.

"Can I be harsh? I thought it was ridiculous," Ryan said, via the NY Daily News. "Absurd. There's no way in hell that happened -- no way in hell that happened. [Duerson] might have made [the slurs], but my dad never did. That's how I feel."

And furthermore …

"There's no way in hell it's a stain on his career," he said. "My dad is a great person. Maybe there's a different agenda there. You can say a lot of things about my dad and me, but that's the most ridiculous comment I've ever heard."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Rex Ryan defends dad against slur accusation

I was thinking t had been destined to be a couple of dull vintage write-up, it also unbelievably honored concerning my own time.



Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: March 24, 2011 5:15 pm
 

Rex Ryan defends dad against slur accusation

Who cares??....and if he did, so what!



Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: March 24, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Rex Ryan defends dad against slur accusation

Josh Katzowit, we are all now dumber for having read this article.  I award you no points and may God have mercy on your soul.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Rex Ryan defends dad against slur accusation

Ryan was a great coach, but to think that he wasn't racist is like thinking that Bernie Madoff just was just bad at math.




Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Rex Ryan defends dad against slur accusation

he lied?how do you know this?were you in the room?you state dave wasnt good then point out he made 4 pro bowls?he did put money aside but got caught in a nasty divorce.plus he had a lawsuit he won b ut couldnt recover the millions he was awarded.he is from notre dame,thus could never lie.ryan was a noted jerk who even the great mike ditka couldnt stand.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Rex Ryan defends dad against slur accusation

Buddy Ryan is my favorite coach of all time. If you go ask the black players who played for him, or look at their quotes from interviews past you will see a coach that was absolutely loved by his defensive players... Clyde Simmons, Eric Allen, Reggie White, Seth Joyner, William Fuller etc etc.

Its well known that he was not a fan of Duerson, its too bad really that this is coming out after Dave Duersons death. I am sure that if he were here now he would retract that statement. Besides it comes from Deadspin rearely has this planet produced something so shallow and pointless as Deadspin. Lets not let Jim Rome type of journalism prevail. This is old crap between Buddy and Dave.

The strong safety was the lynchpin of the 46, Duerson was not the guy Buddy wanted. Later he got the guy he wanted in Andre Waters. It is interesting that both Duerson and Waters committed suicide and the reason behind both suicides is suspected concussion syndrome. Not that Buddy Ryan is to blame its just interesting and possibly telling about the damage these defenders are doing to themselves over time.



Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2011 12:09 pm
 

Rex Ryan defends dad against slur accusation

I believe it. It was 1983 and saying something like that was not as much of a no no as it is today. '83 seems like yesterday but it's 30 years ago. 30 years before 1983 Jim Crow was still around so a lot can change in 30 years and things can be a lot different 30 years ago.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2011 11:08 am
 

Rex Ryan defends dad against slur accusation

Come on How Stupid Does Ryan , Think We Are
Well you are being pretty stupid.

Buddy Ryan is many things, but racist he is not. Dave Duerson played the race card because he was desperately trying to draw attention to his cause, that because he did not save money, did not set money aside, did not think of his future, that the NFL somehow did him wrong by paying him more than he would have made in another field.

Buddy Ryan had nothing but good things to say about great players, regardless of race, Dave Duerson just was not a great player.

He had a good year one time. But did make the probowl 4 times.

If there is one thing the Ryans know, it's great defensive players.

Dave Duerson lied. Plain and simple.



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