Peer Pressure: Pressure from one’s peers to behave in a manner similar or acceptable to them.
I didn’t want to do it, I really didn’t. What people want to do in their free time is no business of mine. I write about sports and sports entertainment.
Trust me when I tell you I’ve heard far weirder stories than this one.
But as the text messages came flooding in and the emails titled “Rex Ryan Wife’s Feet” took over my inbox, I felt compelled to give my thoughts on this story. But before I do, Deadspin has a very detailed breakdown of what is going on allegedly.
There’s a celebrity in the foot-fetish world who posts videos with titles like “Hot Mature Sexy Feet.” The videos feature a woman who looks like Jets coach Rex Ryan’s wife, Michelle — and, in one, a man offscreen who sounds like Rex.
A few years back, YouTube user “ihaveprettyfeet” — who shares a number of personal characteristics with Michelle, though we’ll get to that later — made a series of videos, apparently starring herself. In them, her feet, whether in stockings or shoes or simply bare, are always prominently displayed.
But the connections only begin with surface resemblances. We found “ihaveprettyfeet”‘s personal profile on a foot fetishist dating site. She lists her location as Ellicott City, Md. When Rex Ryan was an assistant coach with the Ravens, his profile on the official team city had him living with his family in Ellicott City, Md. Michelle Ryan was born in August 1963, a Virgo. “ihaveprettyfeet” lists herself as a Virgo. Michelle Ryan taught high school English before retiring to raise her kids; “ihaveprettyfeet” has a graduate degree, is married with kids, and lists herself as a homemaker. Michelle Ryan once said that, in heels, she was “a foot [shorter]” than her 6’4″ husband; “ihaveprettyfeet” lists herself as 5’2″. To be sure, there is also an Ellicott City “ihaveprettyfeet” listed on this swingers site. It’s a couple’s profile. The husband checks in at a very un-Rexlike 5’10, 180 pounds.
Via a commenter, here’s the Alt.com profile for “ihaveprettyfeet.” Note the introduction. And on the second screengrab below, look at the birthdays — “his” is Aug. 31, 1963 (Michelle was born in August 1963); “hers” is Dec. 13, 1962 (Rex Ryan’s birthday).
My first reaction was:
I will let you decide if this is really Michelle Ryan (use the pics above for comparison). What everyone wants to know is if this is Michelle, did Rex Ryan know? My guess is he did and he was the cameraman.
Just because you are a NFL Head Coach doesn’t mean you can’t be a freak unless you are Tom Coughlin, but I digress.
Rex Ryan was asked to confirm or deny and here is what he had to say:
“I know you need to ask, it’s a personal matter,” Ryan said, according to the Chicago Tribune, when asked if the situation could snowball into a distraction.
He said it was between him and his wife and he would not elaborate beyond that.
The Jets had already issued a statement: “This is a personal matter and Rex will have no comment.”