Jets trainer could be fired over new info about tripping
December 15th, 2010
06:03 PM ET

Jets trainer could be fired over new info about tripping

A New York Jets coach has now been suspended indefinitely - instead of for the rest of this season - after the team learned he instructed players to stand with him near their sideline before he tripped a Miami Dolphins player, the team said Wednesday.

The Jets said they're still reviewing the case of  strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi, and that they could opt to fire him. Alosi tripped rookie Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll during a punt in third quarter of the Dolphins' 10-6 win over the Jets.

"The players at the Miami game were instructed by Sal to stand where they were, to force the gunner in the game to run around them," Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum told reporters Wednesday.

Carroll, covered by two Jets players, was running along the sideline toward the Jets punt returner when the incident happened at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey. Video shows Carroll was out of bounds and trying to run back in the field of play when Alosi - standing with Jets players on the out-of-bounds edge of the sideline - leaned his left knee forward. The knee caught Carroll, who tumbled to the ground.

Carroll was shaken up but eventually walked to his sideline on his own power. He returned to the game in the fourth quarter.

Alosi apologized to Carroll, the Dolphins' coach and others Sunday, and on Monday he told reporters that he "wasn't thinking."  Asked that day whether someone had instructed him and other Jets personnel to stand close to the sidelines to prevent the Dolphins from running out of bounds - something for which Miami was penalized earlier in the game - Alosi said: "No, that wasn't anything that was instructed."

On Monday the Jets suspended Alosi for the rest of the season and fined him $25,000. But the Jets continued to look at the play and then talked with players "who appeared to be standing in a wall-like formation with Alosi," the Jets said in a statement.

"It looked to me that it was unusual for them to be standing that way, and then on Tuesday we talked to the players involved, and that's when we were told they were asked to stand there by Sal," Tannenbaum said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday. "They were instructed by Sal throughout the game, but specifically when Miami was punting, they were asked to stand there by him."

"Once we got this new information, we actually met with the commissioner [Roger Goodell] and [vice president of football operations] Ray Anderson this morning. They support this initial decision that we presented to them, but the league is going to look into this as well, as they should," Tannenbaum said.

The Jets said they could choose to terminate Alosi's services.

"All options are certainly on the table," Tannenbaum said. "We're going to complete the review, get all the information. [Special teams coach] Mike Westhoff was not involved, [head coach] Rex Ryan is not involved, but we just want to be thorough and then make the best decision."

Alosi, who played linebacker at Hofstra, joined the Jets as an intern in 2002 before serving as their assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2003 to 2005. He worked one year with the Atlanta Falcons before returning to the Jets as their head strength and conditioning coach in 2007.

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  1. Scott

    Am I the only guy that believes that Sal is a fall guy.Why not penelize the guy who was already caught ,to stop further investigation.The entire league was asking why they were lined up toe to toe,so they suspended him indefinatly,which is no worse than rest of season.Why not fire him ,they fire coaches all the time ,but the strength and conditioning coach(trainer) is more important ,and harder to replace ,than head coaches ,offensive and defensive cordinater.Also why in the world would NFL players listen to the strength and conditioning coach on the field, especially,when he is ordering them to do something illegal ,and something that would get them in trouble with the league

    December 16, 2010 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Andrew

    What a moron.To throw away a job like that.......if their was some kind of darwin award equivalent for giving up a great job.....guess what buddy......come get your award.

    December 16, 2010 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      AND THEY LOST THE GAME!!!!!!!!BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

      December 16, 2010 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    who cares its just sports

    December 16, 2010 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
    • BDGFN

      It's just sports to the fans...it's a job, their livelihood, to the players and coaches. And obviously you care, you read the article and decided to post something.

      December 16, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Abudu Rahman

    Wow! I hope this guy doesn't kill himself for being stupid. If the Jets fire him he'll never work in the NFL again or with any of their associates. That's going to be a pretty big blow to his lively hood going from a dancing with the stars lifestyle to watching the stars on TV.

    December 16, 2010 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. William Tell

    all i see is TRIP GATE

    December 16, 2010 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. timthetoolman

    I think he must have been tripped when he was young and is obviously suffering from obsesive compulsive tripping disorder.

    December 16, 2010 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. William Tell

    TRIP GATE

    December 16, 2010 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Austin B

    well, nonetheless...this guy is HOT,. and I would bet hes great in bed...:)

    December 16, 2010 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jonathan

    I bet he has a nice body.

    December 16, 2010 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Al

    This whole situation smells foul. They should do a thorough investigation as to how high the involvement was in the NYJ organization.

    December 16, 2010 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff

    Why is it that these types of people have and retain their jobs when others, more honest and disciplined have trouble finding work and are let go before the "bad boy" types?

    December 16, 2010 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. Christine

    If this guy were my husband, I'd be so ashamed of him I'd want a divorce.

    December 16, 2010 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. TB

    To do anything but fire him and ban him from the NFL would be a slap on the wrist for an egregious action. He should be gone.

    December 16, 2010 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. WhyNotWorkForIt

    So many of you say to fire him. Guess Belicheck should have been fired to. Along with any other cheaters. The real funny part is that the lowest paid person on the staff is the one you all and the NFL wants to make an example out of. The NFL and the owners should have "fired" Johnson and Finnegan for throwing punches, not to mention Haynesworth when he stomped on a players helmetless head. I guess it is okay to do that though because they are the "privileged". Shows a real good message to our youths.

    December 16, 2010 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
    • displeased

      Not firing him shows a real good message to our youth too. They may take it that to plan and carryout unsportsmanlike behavior is accepted.

      December 16, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • BDGFN

      No, he is not being singled out...he is the one, and only, person who actually did anything illegal, i.e. tripped the player.

      December 16, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Abudu Rahman

      WhyNotWorkForIt

      So many of you say to fire him. Guess Belicheck should have been fired to. Along with any other cheaters. The real funny part is that the lowest paid person on the staff is the one you all and the NFL wants to make an example out of. The NFL and the owners should have "fired" Johnson and Finnegan for throwing punches, not to mention Haynesworth when he stomped on a players helmetless head. I guess it is okay to do that though because they are the "privileged". Shows a real good message to our youths. This is a silly comment.

      Coach Belicheck cheated. He did not try to intentionally maim a player for life. None of the other people attacked a defenseless player running at full speed in the field of play. Just because he wasn't on the field doesn't mean he wasn't fully in the act of playing. Someone running at that speed could have really been harmed by a surprise knee to their quadricep.

      December 17, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. Terry - Indiana

    Duh, try assault with intent to create personal injury. A sports trainer trips an athlete from the opposing team? Fire this clown!

    December 16, 2010 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
    • clay

      so by that logic, Albert Haynesworth should be banned from the NFL for stomping on Andre Gurode's face a few years back.

      December 16, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • BDGFN

      @clay – I would have no problem with that...

      December 16, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
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