A somber, subdued Rex Ryan took to his weekly briefing at the Jets practice facility in Florham Park Wednesday and was met with an onslaught of questioning regarding his connection with a series of fetish videos that apparently feature his own wife.
"Did you and your wife make the foot fetish videos," asked PIX 11 News reporter Mary Murphy.
"What I've been saying is, it's a personal matter," Ryan responded after taking a long, deep pause.
Ryan, however, never denied that he and his wife were participants in the now viral video, repeatedly calling the issue a "personal matter," adding "I understand I'm going to get asked this question backwards and sideways."
The videos which surfaced late Tuesday on the sports website Deadspin, feature a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to the coach's wife, Michelle Ryan.
In the videos, the woman shows off her toes to an off-screen cameraman who sounds a lot like the coach. The two proceed to have an intimate chat about her feet.
When one reporter asked Ryan his feelings about his wife, he said, "She's beautiful, we've been married 22 years; she's awesome."
Another reporter asked Ryan if he thought he had the full support of team ownership. Ryan looked over to one of the team's media relations executives for guidance. After another pause, Ryan responded.
"I think I would have support, with a 10 and 4 record."
Braylon Edwards, the Jets wide receiver who went through his own scandal following a drunk driving arrest earlier this season, told PIX 11 News, the team is focused on looking ahead.
"I don't think we're bummed out. It's something to deal with," he said. "We're coming off a big win in Pittsburgh and looking forward to the Bears. This has been a team that's dealt with adversity."
"Things have happened and we've bounced back strong. Yet again, we've had another bump in the road. I'm sure we'll overcome it, like we did all season."
Star quarterback, Mark Sanchez, offered his own support for the embattled coach.
"We're behind him 100 percent," he said.
Darrel Revis, a cornerback, revealed to PIX 11 News that Ryan made a reference to the scandal during the team meeting Wednesday.
"Oh yeah, first thing this morning. Rex don't ever hold anything back from us," he said. "He didn't really elaborate ... only that he was embarrassed about something."
This isn't the first time the Jets have turned up on the Deadspin website this season.
In October, the site was the first to report that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sent racy text messages and photos to a former game hostess while he was the Jets' quarterback in 2008.
The NFL is still investigating the allegations.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun