Rex Ryan clarifies that he did not ask the Jets to withhold sex from their wives

Jared Wickerham

Just a normal day at Jets practice!

You're going to have to trust me on this, but this Daily News article about the Jets' preparations for Sunday's game against the Patriots once led with the sentence "There will be no sex in the city for the Jets this week." (actually "they'll be," but we'll give the benefit of the doubt). It doesn't any more, and the article now tells the story of how it came to be amended. See, Ryan's been trying to get his players extra focused for that match-up with New England, and his preparatory requests for the week, as relayed by Josh Cribbs, hit home, if a bit vaguely:

"He was like ... rest your legs, you go home, don’t do nothing for your wife," Cribbs said. "Say baby, next week. You’ll take out the trash next week. I’ll take the kids to practice next week but I’ve got to rest for this game. I’m going to tell him to put it on paper so when I give it to my wife, I can be like, ‘Rex said that I don’t got to take out the trash.’ So he might get a call."

"Don't do nothing for your wife" and "baby next week" sounded risqué to reporters, which led to the following exchange, as originally quoted (since changed) in the Daily News piece:

Was Ryan implying exactly what he sounds like he is implying?

"Most definitely," said Sheldon Richardson with an ear-to-ear grin across his face.

That and many other parts of the article have been altered because, after some hubbub about Ryan requesting that his players forgo sex before the big game (a time-honored, if not necessarily effective practice), Ryan held an impromptu press conference to clarify that he did not request that his players forgo sex before the big game:

Richardson’s comments sparked Jet mayhem reminiscent of the good old days, forcing Ryan to come into the press room and tell the gathered media that sex is not part of his no-no list for the weekend.

So, to make sure we're all on the same page: the Jets will not be performing any household chores for the rest of the week, but they are permitted to have sex with their wives. That much should be clear for everybody, and any more specific questions about the overlap in the sex/chores Venn diagram should be taken up with Coach Ryan. Thank you.

We hardly knew ye, "sex in the city" lede.

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