|Rex Ryan (center) expects Reggie Bush (left) to apologize for comments about Darrelle Revis. (US Presswire)|
When the Jets and Dolphins last met in Week 3, both Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and Dolphins running back Reggie Bush suffered what initially looked like serious knee injuries. Turns out, Revis got the worst of it -- a torn ACL -- while Bush didn't miss a start.
Before the game, the Jets made mention of putting some "hot sauce" on Bush, which a few days later prompted this from the Dolphins running back: "It's like the old saying, what goes around comes around," Bush said during a radio interview. "They talked about all week about putting hot sauce and this and that, and they ended up losing their best player for the rest of the season. So, it's sad that it happened because of that, but I'm going to be back."
Bush returned, and Revis ended up on injured reserve.
Five weeks later, Miami and New York meet again at MetLife Stadium. Jets coach Rex Ryan spoke to the media on Wednesday and he says he's still waiting for Bush to apologize for his remarks (via the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta).
"Shoot ... I apologized for my comments," Ryan said, presumably referring to "hot sauce"-gate. "I expect him to do that ...
"I never was saying that we were going to try to injure Reggie Bush," Ryan continued. "That's not even close. He's going to get our attention. I'm sorry, but he's the type of player that's going to warrant our attention and we're going to give it to him. There is no question. That was what I meant by my comments. If it was taken differently, out of context or whatever, I apologize for that. Trust me, we know when he's in the game. He is still going to get our attention, but his things about Revis and all that kind of stuff ... I understand that he got hurt in the game and that's bad for football. But we never want to hurt a player. And I respect him as a player. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. I never want to see that."
There's more: "I've said it from Day 1 ... I don't care who it is," Ryan said. "Look, as bad as I want to beat Tom Brady, I don't want to see Tom Brady out of this league ... That's bad for the league. Shoot, I'm a football fan as well as a coach. This game is great because of the players and the talent that plays in this league. That's what I mean. If Reggie thinks about, you want Darrelle Revis playing in this league. At least I know I do."
So, what you're saying, coach, is that Bush should just say he's sorry?
"No ... I don't expect [an apology] ... he doesn't have to ever say anything to me or even reach out to Revis, but I would expect him to, just for the simple fact that that's his peer."
To be fair, it's not like Bush convened a press conference to announce that he's actively hoping Revis suffered a devastating injury. All he said was "What comes around goes around" in response to some pregame "hot sauce"-related commentary. If there's a lesson here, it's this: Maybe Rex shouldn't talk so much.
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