New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is not one to hold back what's on his mind. But a recent meltdown on Saturday night during a news conference has put the coach's job in question. Ryan, however, has gained the support of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who stuck up the Jets coach during a guest stint on a local radio show. As the Los Angeles Times reports on August 27, Christie had much to say about the Jets beat writer who pulled Ryan's strings.
Gov. Chris Christie started out by calling New York Daily News writer Manish Mehta an "idiot" and a "dope".
"The guy's a complete idiot. Self-consumed, underpaid reporter. The only reason he's empowered is we're spending all this time this morning talking about Manish Mehta who, by the way, I couldn't pick out of a police lineup. We shouldn't be giving this dope, you know, the amount of airtime we've given him already."
Rex Ryan drew criticism from the New York press for his decision to play quarterback Mark Sanchez towards the end of a preseason game during the Cincinnati Bengals. Sanchez ended up getting hurt in the game and may miss the start of the season. Ryan was questioned after the game about the decision and responded that he was trying to win a game. The Jets coach finally exploded after questions continued.
Christie stuck up for Ryan's behavior, feeling that he was backed into a corner. He told the sports talk radio show co-host Craig Carton:
"He tried to defend the decision, and people keep yelling at him, so he had enough of the... . He's like, 'Enough, I've given you my answer.' There comes a point, Craig, sometimes, with you people in the media, where you just have to say, 'Hey, that's my answer. You think it's stupid, you don't like it, then say that. But leave me alone.'"
Christie was called "fatso" on the front-page headline of Tuesday's New York Daily News in response to his rant about Mehta and defending Ryan. The personal attacks on Christie's weight goes well beyond professionalism. But Christie may have started it by insulting the intelligence of the Daily News.