Ryan, who is now an NFL analyst for ESPN, went on the show Get Up and called Dallas Cowboys wideout Amari Cooper a turd. Yep, you heard right.
Ryan seems to have been upset that the Cowboys paid Cooper a ton of cash for his services before paying Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, and felt the need to call out Cooper, “I wouldn’t have paid that turd.”The comment didn’t sit well with fans and players across social media, as Ryan was dragged over the weekend.
We’re not supposed to get personal with players, cheering for them etc., but we have some good guys that we do cover. Amari Cooper is one of those guys. For Rex Ryan to call him a turd is unprofessional and just doesn’t jive with the Cooper a lot of us have dealt with.
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) April 3, 2020
Rex Ryan is really a baffoon meaning this guy isn't a great football expert and he'll he wasn't that good of a coach. So who is he to downgrade Amari Cooper when he doesn't have the knowledge what Amari Cooper does. @espn you guys need to fire this clown soon. pic.twitter.com/KJplrkKECG
— William Wright (@William46676045) April 4, 2020
Even some players came for Ryan for his comments and called him out.
Brothers Devin and Jason McCourty, who both play defense for the New England Patriots, called Ryan out for the comment on their podcast.
“To me, the crazy thing was after he said it, Get Up! posted it on Twitter, ESPN retweeted it on Twitter,” Jason McCourty said on the twins’ Double Coverage podcast.
“Everybody was all-in on this ‘turd’ comment. I guess, at the same time, it’s all about entertainment — how can we get more viewers, how can we get people to click this, click that? But at what point in the game can you call somebody a turd?”