Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/29/12

NEW YORK - APRIL 20: (EDITORS NOTE: IMAGES HAVE BEEN DIGITALLY MANIPULATED) Bart Scott of the New York Jets poses for a portrait on April 20, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott has backed off his criticism of team's fans after talking to coach Rex Ryan on Thursday. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for fans and what they do and the sacrifices that they make," Scott said. "And I'm aware of that." One day earlier, the outspoken veteran had criticized heckling fans for abusing players during halftime of the Jets' blowout loss to the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving night. "Of course, I'm going to protect my team and protect my organization, but I understand they pay good money," Scott said. "It's freedom of speech. You can say what you want as long as nobody gets physical or puts their hands on you. I understand. We should also understand that within those stands there's family members, there's wives, there's kids. … But I guess that's what we sign up for. We're public figures and we open ourselves up to criticism. That comes with the territory. That's fine." Scott called the fans "entitled" and said some o...
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