The head football coach of the New York Jets, Rex Ryan, is under scrutiny by the NFL after telling a fan to “Shut the f— up!” as the team walked off the field at half-time.
The coach is under scrutiny by the NFL.
But what about the heckler?
Where are the kindness police when you need them?
Apparently, this isn’t the first time for Mr. Ryan. He was fined $50,000 for flipping a fan off at a mixed martial arts event. The fact that the NFL is demanding appropriate and exemplary behavior from its players and coaches on and off the field is admirable.
But what about the fans?
Who holds them accountable?
I’m all for having opinions. I have plenty of opinions about the over-paid players, the outrageous cost of tickets and the searches that make me throw out the 5 month old fun-sized candy bar smashed at the bottom of my purse that I wouldn’t have tried to eat inside the stadium anyway (yes, this really happened.) But if I have a beef with a coach or a player or the fat cats raking in the ticket money, I’ll go through the proper channels.
I can write a letter. I can place a phone call. Shoot. I can write a blog post. (I’d tweet it but I don’t know how to tweet. I’ll leave that for the experts that eat off my bird feeder.)
But I’m not about to heckle the coach in the middle of the game.
Cheer your team. Boo the ref.
But keep your insults to yourself when you’re at the game.
Just a little thing your mother should have taught you.