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NFL looking at Bart Scott's middle finger salute

Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:46 pm
 
Everything is not coming up Bart(Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Things are not going well for the Jets. And regardless of what Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum said at their press conference recently, something has to change. One of those changes could be linebacker Bart Scott, who will reportedly be cut this offseason, and who is being investigated by the NFL for giving a reporter the bird in the locker room on Monday.

As you'll recall, we detailed the disaster that took place in the Jets locker room when players were cleaning out their lockers. Rex was crying, Santonio Holmes (who will be back) wasn't talking and Scott was getting into it with reporters.

A photo of Scott shooting the middle finger to a New York Daily News reporter has emerged. See it -- censored by yours truly -- below.


Scott gives a reporter the single-bird salute.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed that the league is investigating the incident. Given the obscene nature of Scott's gesture combined with the clear-cut photographic proof said gesture, and the fact that Scott reportedly said "Get out of my f------ face," it's hard to imagine he doesn't get heavily fined. (We learned that's what the NFL does via Rex, actually.)

Ryan (ironically?) called Scott's behavior "unacceptable" and said something will be done about it.

"I don't know exactly how," Ryan said on a radio interview. "But that situation will definitely be addressed."

Scott's got bigger problems, though. Rod Boone of Newsday reports that Scott "likely played his final game as a Jet on Sunday."

The linebacker, who recorded 66 tackles in 2011 (a career low for him as a starter), is scheduled to make $4.5 million in 2012 and there's simply no way the Jets are going to pay that much for the production that Scott offers them at this stage.

Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network reports that the Jets can get out of paying Scott any guaranteed money, but that it would be "news to the veteran linebacker."

All of this adds up to more Jets offseason drama and even a potential public-relations confrontation between Scott and Rex.

To quote a great philosopher, "Can't wait."

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Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:32 pm
 

NFL looking at Bart Scott's middle finger salute

If you are a good productive player, you can get away with that boorish behavior.  Shaq O'Neal for example.  If you are a linebacker and you have 66 tackles in 16 games you are not productive.  Linebackers should be stuffing the run and making at least eight to ten tackles per game, not screaming at reporters.  Also, if your team starts this season 5-3, then gets pimp-slapped 37-16 by your most hated rival in your own crib on national television, you can't act like a spoiled baby.  Especially if your team skids to an 8-8 finish and is outscored 93-40 in its last three games.  

I think it is funny that Scott would become defensive at a reporter, yet he could not get past the Patriot's o-line.  As Bill Belichick commented, "Thirty seven points on the best defense in the league, s--- my d---."

I would like the Giants to win the Super Bowl, but I think it would be more punishing to the Jets if the Patriots win it all.  Good ol' Jets.  You reap what you sow and the Jets are sowing some bad seeds.

BTW, the Jets are 0-8 all time against the Eagles 4-17 against the Steelers; therefore, the Jets are a disgusting 4-25 against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Bring back former Jet great Rich Kotite to be in charge of Jet football operations. 


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Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:57 pm
 

NFL looking at Bart Scott's middle finger salute

Postseason  2011

  Wild Card Weekend
AFCSat., Jan. 07, 4:30 PM ET NBCCincinnati Houston Sun., Jan. 08, 4:30 PM ET CBSPittsburgh Denver NFCSat., Jan. 07, 8:00 PM ET NBCDetroit New Orleans

Sun., Jan. 08, 1:00 PM ET FOXAtlanta  at New York Giants Divisional Playoffs

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Jets Team News

  • 01/01/2012The Miami Dolphins eliminated the New York Jets from playoff contention by winning 19-17 Sunday.
  • 01/01/2012A season full of public relation nightmares for Santonio Holmes ended with another blow to the New York Jets captain's image.
  • 01/02/2012Whether or not Santonio Holmes will be back with the Jets next season remains to be seen, but one thing definitely is clear: He won't be a captain. Neither will any other Jet, for that matter.
  • 01/02/2012It didn't seem like things could get much worse for the Jets following their season-ending loss to the Dolphins and the ensuing drama surrounding wideout Santonio Holmes' end-of-game benching. But then the calendar turned to Monday.
  • Jets given 'selfish' tag
01/04/2012Rookie QB Greg McElroy didn't take a snap for the Jets in 2011, but he was in the locker room long enough to know it was "definitely not a fun place to be" during a down 8-8 season.
  • 01/03/2012The NFL is looking into an obscene gesture that New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott made toward a photographer in the team's locker room.



brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 8:22 pm
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Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 5:19 pm
 

NFL looking at Bart Scott's middle finger salute

     If reporters are that offended by these kinds of things, they should stay out of the locker rooms.  Personally, i don't see any reason for them (male or female) to be in there to begin with.  Let the players get cleaned up and dressed and then ask them questions.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:43 pm
 

NFL looking at Bart Scott's middle finger salute

Who gives a shit. These guys make enough money that it doesn't matter. If I made that kind of money, I would be a lot more grotesque than the middle finger in expressing my feelings for the media. I would taken their camera/audio recording device, dropped a deuce on, and handed it back.




Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:14 pm
 

NFL looking at Bart Scott's middle finger salute

I hate to say it but I agree with Ftballgenius on this one which never happens.  Reporters know what there getting into going into a locker room.  Its a bunch of guys talking about women, swearing, football and it is basically there home away from home.  I agree that reporters shouldnt be allowed in the locker rooms then none of this would happen.  Really a middle finger bothers someone?  Ive been flipped of numerous times in my life and just laugh at it.  Plus we dont know what the reporter even said and if it was something beyond stupid Id probally flip someone off as well.  After the way the Jets season ended what kind of mood do you think there players would be in?  Im sure theres people on these messageboards that want to flip me off and thats alright with me.


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Since: Jan 4, 2012
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