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Jets: Scott's obscene gesture 'inappropriate and unacceptable'

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The New York Jets have fined linebacker Bart Scott $10,000 for an obscene gesture aimed at a photographer in the team's locker room on Monday, the team announced Thursday.

"Bart’s actions were inappropriate and unacceptable," the team said in a statement.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed Tuesday that the league was reviewing the incident that occurred as players cleared out their lockers at the team's facility in Florham Park, N.J., after failing to make the playoffs. Scott 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.

It is uncertain whether Scott, who has a $4.2 million base salary that is fully guaranteed next season, will be back with the Jets.

In separate interviews on 1050 ESPN Radio this week, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan said Scott's behavior was "unacceptable." 

"I don't know exactly how," Ryan added, "but that situation will definitely be addressed."

Ryan himself was fined $75,000 by the NFL in November for using profanity while angrily responding to a fan at halftime of a home game, and was fined $50,000 in 2010 for an obscene gesture aimed at fans at a mixed martial arts event during Super Bowl week in 2010, according to the New York Daily News.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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