Rex Ryan, ESPN being called out after former NFL coach describes Amari Cooper as 'turd' on national television
Rex Ryan may have some explaining to do.
If you missed the former coach’s recent appearance on ESPN morning show “Get Up,” you missed several interesting exchanges.
First, Ryan questioned how many surgeries Tua Tagovailoa had during his time at Alabama. According to Ryan, who claims he’s getting his information from NFL sources, the number is five. The former NFL coach then went on to call Tua the biggest gamble in the history of the NFL Draft.
If that wasn’t enough, Ryan then went hard on Amari Cooper and the decision by the Cowboys to resign the star receiver this offseason to a five-year contract worth as much as $100 million.
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“This guy, to me, this the biggest disappearing act in the National Football League,” Ryan said of Cooper during his appearance on the show. “He doesn’t show up on the road. He doesn’t show up against — when the competition is good — when he’s against the top corners, that guy disappears. And to me, he reminds me it’s only one time that I can remember in recent memory on elite receivers and disappearing acts like Amari Cooper.
“That was the kid that the Raiders had a few years ago, oh that’s right, that was Amari Cooper. This is who we is. And then he doesn’t love football, hell with it. He stops his routes, he does all this. I wouldn’t have paid this turd. No way in hell. All right. No way in hell would I have paid this guy. To me, you pay Dak Prescott, forget all those numbers. They are No. 1 in the league because of Dak Prescott, not because of this guy. It’s a deep draft at receiver, they made a huge mistake right here.”
Whatever Ryan’s issue is with these two former Alabama players, he didn’t hold anything back there.
After his comments went viral, the reaction to Ryan’s comments on Cooper has some questioning the motive of the former NFL coach.
Before assuming ESPN will force Ryan to apologize, consider this: They grabbed the video, posted it to the @GetUpESPN account, and transcribed the money quote. With no sports going on, stuff like this is very good for bu$ine$$. https://t.co/iWb1HBCZVN
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 3, 2020
This is wrong and over the line. You can be critical. But Cooper is a class act. Played through injuries all last season. Had the two most productive years of his career in Dallas. It is wrong and classless to call him a turd. https://t.co/Y3ZM5bt1jY
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) April 3, 2020
Rex Ryan sitting there calling Amari Cooper a turd meanwhile Amari is sitting with his $100 million contract like: pic.twitter.com/N6l0VgvyS7
— Preston Perry (Ty Collins) (@LookThereItsTy) April 3, 2020
What’s your reaction to hearing Ryan’s comments?