Carroll County Times

Suggs speaks out over coverage of Ryan's tattoo

NEW ORLEANS, La. - It made national headlines earlier this month when a picture of a vacationing Rex Ryan surfaced with the New York Jets head coach and former Ravens defensive coordinator sporting a tattoo on his right shoulder of a woman - apparently his wife - wearing only a green Jets jersey with the No. 6 on it. No. 6 on New York belongs to much-maligned quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Baltimore outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was asked about the tattoo Monday, and the outspoken Ravens defender responded by vehemently downplaying the relevance of his former defensive coordinator's tattoo.

"I probably got something on my [butt] that ya'll never see that is probably inappropriate," Suggs said. "Who cares? I think you guys blew it way out of proportion. I don't really think it's a big deal. I think everybody should have a certain amount of privacy, even though they are in the public eye, no matter who they are. Even our president deserves a certain amount of privacy. That goes for NFL coaches.

"When he leaves the office, he's not a head coach, he is a husband, father, brother. I think ya'll need to keep that in mind when you're writing these stories about us, that we're not just coaches and players. We're human beings, too. You can do your job, but don't try to make ours so hard."