Rex Ryan apologizes for calling Amari Cooper a 'turd'
Though former Alabama star Amari Cooper hasn’t had much success in the playoffs, he is a talented receiver who usually puts up big numbers when he’s healthy.
The Dallas Cowboys enjoy having him around, recently signing him to a 5-year, $100 million contract extension.
However, former coach and current ESPN analyst Rex Ryan didn’t like that move by the Cowboys. He recently joined ESPN’s “Get Up!” and ended a rant against Cooper by calling him a “turd.”
Those comments drew criticism, so Ryan appeared on SportsCenter later that day to apologize. Below, you can see the original rant and the apology:
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) April 3, 2020
“I can’t believe I said that and used that word. Obviously, it was a poor choice by me to say what I said about Amari,” he said.
“I don’t doubt that this is an elite player. He has those traits. But an elite receiver, to me, shows up on the road, he shows up against great corners, and he shows up in crunch time. Those are three things that Amari Cooper has not done so far in his career.”
We’ll see if Cooper can change the narrative around his career starting this fall when the Cowboys return to the gridiron.