Jets fine Bart Scott $10K for gesture

Updated: January 6, 2012, 1:55 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott was fined $10,000 by the team for flipping his middle finger at a news photographer Monday in the locker room, the team announced Thursday.

"Bart's actions were inappropriate and unacceptable," the Jets said in a statement.

On Tuesday, coach Rex Ryan indicated that Scott would be disciplined, saying, "We'll address it," and, "That's not acceptable in dealing with the media."

One day after the season-ending loss to the Miami Dolphins, a handful of players refused to speak with the media, including Scott. As players cleaned out their lockers, Scott walked out of the locker room with a garbage bag. When a photographer got too close, Scott snapped, "Get that f ----- thing out of my face."

At that point, Scott flashed the middle finger at the photographer.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Scott would not face additional discipline from the league, saying the Jets' fine "will suffice" and was handled as "a club matter."

This wasn't the first time a member of the Jets was fined for making an obscene gesture. In January 2010, Ryan was fined $50,000 by the team for giving the middle finger to a fan at an MMA event in South Florida.

Scott might have played his last game as a Jet. He's due to make $4.2 million in 2012 -- all guaranteed -- and the team will try to get younger on defense. Scott was unhappy late in the season because his playing time was diminished.

The fine is the latest in a tumultuous week for the Jets (8-8), who failed to make the playoffs after a disappointing season in which they lost their final three games.

Wide receiver Santonio Holmes was benched in the season finale Sunday after arguing in the huddle, an ugly incident that had some such as LaDainian Tomlinson questioning Holmes' role as a team captain. It also has many wondering about Holmes' future with the team, although Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum have said he will be a member of the Jets next season.

Ryan, who cried in the team's final meeting Monday, said he didn't "think I had the pulse of our team the way I've done in the past." Rookie quarterback Greg McElroy told an Alabama radio station on Wednesday that there was a "corrupt mindset" in the locker room and the team included some "extremely selfish individuals."

Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Rich Cimini

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