The NFL is looking into an obscene gesture Jets linebacker Bart Scott made toward a photographer in the team’s locker room.
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NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed Tuesday that the league is reviewing the incident that occurred as the players cleared out their lockers at the team’s facility in Florham Park, N.J., on Monday after failing to make the playoffs. Scott, who could be fined, gathered items from his locker, walked past reporters and then turned, stuck out his middle finger and used an expletive while telling a photographer to get the camera out of his face.
In separate interviews on 1050 ESPN Radio, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan said it was ”unacceptable” behavior. ”I don’t know exactly how,” Ryan added, ”but that situation will definitely be addressed.”
The hand gesture may been Scott’s final significant act as a Jet if he is dumped in the offseason after a decline in his production in 2011, the New York Post reported.
Scott played a reduced role this season, coming off the field on most passing downs.
He is due a guaranteed $4.2 million in 2012, something he referenced on his way out the door when asked about a report that he would not be back.
"I don’t know why, I’ve got a guaranteed contract for $4 million," Scott said.