Jets suspend coach who tripped player
December 13th, 2010
09:22 PM ET

Jets suspend coach who tripped player

[Updated at 9:22 p.m.] The New York Jets have suspended strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi through the 2010 season's playoffs for intentionally tripping a Miami Dolphins player during Sunday's Jets-Dolphins game, the Jets said on their website.

The Jets said they suspended Alosi (pictured) without pay and fined him $25,000 for tripping Dolphins rookie cornerback Nolan Carroll on the Jets' sideline as Carroll was covering a punt in the third quarter of Miami's 10-6 victory.

"After reviewing the facts and consulting with the league office, we determined that this was the most appropriate discipline," Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said in a post on the Jets' site. "I have spoken with Sal. He understands the severity of his actions and has apologized to all parties involved in the incident.

"There is no place in the game for this type of behavior and his conduct falls disappointingly short of our expectations for anyone associated with the New York Jets. I have also reminded all members of the organization with sideline access that it is both a priority and their responsibility to maintain a safe environment."

Earlier Monday, Alosi told reporters that he would accept “whatever disciplinary actions the league or the team comes down to.”

At a briefing with reporters before the suspension was announced, Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he wanted to apologize to  Carroll and the Dolphins.

"That’s a thing that has no business in this league or anywhere else. Sal made a huge mistake. He knows that. He’s apologized for it," Ryan said.

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[Initial post, 5:49 p.m. ET] New York Jets strength coach Sal Alosi has apologized a second day for intentionally tripping a Miami Dolphins player during their game Sunday. Now he’s waiting to hear whether he’ll be punished.

Alosi, who tripped Dolphins rookie cornerback Nolan Carroll on the Jets’ sideline as Carroll was trying to cover a Dolphins punt in the third quarter, told reporters Monday that he wasn’t thinking during the play.

“If I could go back and do it again, I sure as heck would take a step back. It was just a situation where I wasn’t thinking,” Alosi said during a news conference Monday afternoon at the Jets’ facility in Florham Park, New Jersey.

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 his hands in his pockets – leaned forward on his left knee. 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, and the Dolphins won 10-6.

“Once again I’d like to apologize to Nolan Carroll, [Dolphins] coach [Tony] Sparano, [Jets owner] Mr. [Woody] Johnson and the entire New York Jets organization,” Alosi said Monday.

“I let everybody down yesterday with my actions. My actions were inexcusable and irresponsible. I’m extremely thankful that my actions yesterday didn’t result in any significant injury to Nolan or any other player,” he said.

The NFL and the Jets have said they are reviewing the incident. Alosi, who said he spoke with and apologized to Nolan, Sparano and Jets personnel on Sunday, said he hasn’t offered to resign but would accept “whatever disciplinary actions the league or the team comes down to.”

Noting that the Dolphins had been penalized earlier in the game for running out of bounds, a reporter asked Alosi whether someone had instructed him and other Jets personnel to stand close to the sidelines to prevent such moves.

“No, that wasn’t anything that was instructed,” Alosi said. “Our inactive players – guys that don’t play – we try to keep those guys focused on the game, root those players on. … We wanted to cheer on our guys.”

Alosi said the last 18 hours have been terrible for him.

“What I put my family through, what I put our organization through, I wouldn’t wish on anybody,” he said.

Sparano, before he had a chance to review the tape, told reporters after the game Sunday that his coaches upstairs were telling him that Carroll had been tripped.

“I talked to the referee at that point … [and] I told him at that point that it was on tape and that the people upstairs are telling me that that’s what they see,” Sparano said.

Carroll told the Sun-Sentinel that he wasn’t angry. But some of his teammates were.

“Come on, man. That's dirty! … There's no place for that in football,” Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby said Sunday, according to the Sun-Sentinel. “Hopefully they'll be fined for it. I'll leave it up to the league."

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. the truth in yooooo

    fire his ass

    December 13, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • GrammarGnatsie

      Don't think I'm defending the gentleman, but let us consider perspective before wishing this man's livelihood be ruined, for sure.

      Concussions occur in football all the time. Tripping and falling does, too. The player was able to walk and continue playing later in the game. It wasn't a good move, by the coach, but it could have been much worse.

      I don't think the coach needs to be fired, if this is his first major incident. A fine or suspension should be enough to staple the lesson he learned into his mind. I think depriving a man of his job for one mess up is an overreaction.

      December 13, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • loreebeeeeeeeeber

      He should be fired. There is no room for that crap on the sidelines from a coach, no less. Yes, injuries happen all the time, but not from sideline coaches. Make an example of what will NOT be tolerated and get rid of him, PLUS a huge fine from the NFL. Maybe 10-20 grand.

      December 13, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Has anyone looked at what happens before the tripping? Carroll ran out of bounds and was running up the sidelines. Doesn't excuse Alosi's conduct, but Carroll was also wrong for running the path that he took. If he had followed a legal path, there would have been no way the coach could have tripped him.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Translation

      SHAMEFUL behavior. Too mush "just win, baby" thinking. Fire him and let him see what working a real job for $30K/yr is like....if he can find one.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJsMom

      I agree with you! Only.....fire ALL of him not just his @ss, lol 😉

      December 13, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gunner

      Pete – yes he was out of bounds, that is a design of the play on punt returns. The Gunner generally draws two blockers who will often force the gunner out of bounds to slow him down. Also, by forcing the gunner out of bounds, in the event the returner muffs the catch and fumbles, since the gunner is the fastest player on the kicking team and will often get to the ball first, he is unable to recover the fumble or be the first player to touch the ball because he was out of bounds.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monkeys at Bronx Zoo

      Let's all cast feces at him! I'm eating bananas right now getting ready.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • C. M.

      Coaches are supposed to set the example as a true sportsman. Seriously, this is a professional football league. The coach should be FIRED and FINED. There is not an excuse good enough to cheat and try to create an unfair advantage. Pathetic when a grown man much less a coach acts like a 4 year old. He does not belong in any professional sport leagues. The only thing he is sorry for is that the camera caught him cheating. I cannot believe he would be so apologetic had the camera not filmed him. Some how I believe he spends most of his life "not thinking." I hope you are banished from coaching any sport, as you will never be a true sportsman.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Percy

      Can this Dude ,everyone knows that losing is part of sports together with winning.This person can not adapt and does not belong in this sport!!

      December 13, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • peter

      Not only should he be fined and fired the JETS should be heavily fined as well.

      December 13, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • cerri

      @GrammarGnatsie: This was his first major incident? How many major "incidents" does one get on the job? Granted, this could have been worse, as you said, and that is only one of the reasons he should pay dearly.

      December 13, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • sportslover

      Am I the only one that seems seriously bothered by the fact he seems more apologetic to his employer, his owner, his family and his teams' fans instead of being sorry to the the player and the team his actions affected? He is more worried about his career and has never even once mentioned remorse over the fact he could have ruined someone elses!

      December 13, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Human As Well

      Have none of you ever made a mistake in your life? Never lost your temper, never made a decision you regretted, never cheated, never lied, never has a split-decision or gut reaction that was anything less than perfect? Yes, what the coach did was wrong, but he was the first to admit it. I admire him for taking responsibility instead of lying and making excuses as is so common these days. A fine or punishment? Sure. But all of you who say he should be fired should lose your jobs because you've made mistakes, too.

      December 13, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shel

      Stop thinking that just because the player wasn't hurt, that this was an acceptable "mistake"....I don't think he was trying to HURT him. This was a form of CHEATING. Anyone who displays that severe lack of sportsmanship should lose his job.

      December 13, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    Fine upstanding human being.....NOT

    December 13, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • zeke

      Hey he is a football player at heart for crying out loud. Do you know what happens in a pile when everyone is reaching for the ball. If they don't get the ball they will grab something else and tell you to give them the ball. it is in a trained football players nature to hurt the other team. It is a contact sport that he is well trained in. He made a split second reaction that had he been on the field with a helmet would have not been looked at twice. Maybe a 15 yard penalty at best. Fine him and give him a hard time but move on. I completely understand that it was just quickly made poorly judged reflex to hit a moving target.

      December 13, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sal

    He needs to be fired, pure and simple. You simply can't tolerate anything like this in any sport. To call it cheap, would be to class it up!

    December 13, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uncle Bob

      When someone from the opposing team touches a player, in action, they deserve to be kicked out!!! If he gets a simple fine and a gome or two suspension it will create a new precedence. Next time a player is running for a TD have the water boy punch him, take the fine and save 7 points. This is a new low in sports. No player should have to worry about being hit, while in a game; and if it does they are banned!

      December 13, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cory2

      I agree with you 100% They can't waffle on this one. This is one of the dirtiest incidents I have ever seen in sports.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruthNY

      agreed!! If that was a five year old I would term that a mistake. What this grown adult did was not a mistake! He put his foot out to trip the guy, your mind controls your feet, your feet doesn't do things on it's own. He's one of those people who gives the term bad sportsmanship and gives NYers a bad name.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jay

    This guy should be ashamed of himself. Mr big mouth, Rex Ryan needs to hammer this guy with a suspension

    December 13, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fred

    He should lose his job!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 13, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Barbara

    That's the Jets for you. They're all a bunch of babies. They should spend as much time playing the game as they do mouthing off and playing dirty. Bunch of LOSERS!!!

    December 13, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dsn63

      Well put.

      December 13, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. john

    Could of ruined a mans livelihood....piece of crap should be fired AND charged with assault!!!

    December 13, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Auntie Warhol

      Absolutely. It was an assault, plain and simple.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ron

    What would happen to anyone else at work if they intentionally tripped someone down the steps or running at full sprint. Seems like a pretty easy call to me.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. downinfront

    No self-control.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      The whole Jets Organization has no self control and it starts with the head coach. I can't believe he hasn't been at least suspended already. If he isn't by morning then Rex needs to be suspended. What a joke!!!

      December 13, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. FstEti

    So why hasn't he been fired? We've seen the tape, he said it was deliberate, and he admittted it, so what's the holdup? It was unsportsmanlike and shouldn't be tolerated.
    Perhaps next we can address the unsportsmanlike childish displays of some pf the players when they pose or strutnaround the field for making a play, something they, as professionals are pais well for and expected to do. How about whennyou sack the quarterback or score a touchdown, you just hand the ball to the referee? Can you imagine Jim Brown smacking his chest and posing like a moron, or Jerry Rice acting like an idiot after scoring? A high five is sufficient, do we really need to see the clowns draw attention to themselves for doingnwhatntheynare pais to do? The NFL is slowly becomingnlike the NBA with all of the antics. Just play the game, for God's sake.....

    December 13, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Buddy G

    It shows his true character if he will instinctively, and without thinking, pull such a stunt. He nees to be suspended and fined. He also needs to be banned from the sidelines for all future games. He's the strength coach, he's not needed to help run the game. Make him watch from the coaches booth if he keeps his job.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kelly Girl, Plano TX

    Do you all really think he will be fired? There are drug users, wife abusers, cheaters, drunk drivers and even a RAPIST, yup Rothlisberger the rapist, that all play NFL football....do you honestly think that Mr "Tripper" will be canned? Nope probably not! Shame on the NFL and all PRO sports that allow all this garbage to take place and still keep the players playing! Gotta love america!

    December 13, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Ummm....girl.....Texas....that explains it.....never mind.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Husker fan

      Girl,
      If you think this is bad, I'm interested in your opinion of the incident in the November Texas A&M vs Nebraska football game in College Station. An A&M defender was caught on camera grabbing the testicles of a defensless Nebraska player who had recovered a fumble. The Texas A&M "coach" should have suspended the player for the dirty, creepy act. The player was not punished with even one minute of suspension. Texas A&M looks very bad in light of this act and non-response. Isn't A&M somewhere near Plano?

      December 13, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Out of all the ACTUAL rapists in the country, in other sports, in the NFL... you're going to pick on a person who WASN'T EVEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME?!? Who was more guilty of being in the wrong place at the wrong time?? Why don't you stick to rooting for the Cowboys – THEY could use the help.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth is the Truth

      The truth is the truth, the NFL is FULL of wirse criminals... and it took a GIRL to have balls enough to say it first!

      December 14, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kenny

    This fool should be made a player and put on offense with the protective gear. Well give him a jersey with a Bullseye on the front and back of it and then give him the ball. Better yet, without protective gear, make him the lead blocker on a run play up the middle. If none of this is legal, fire the fool.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dont Care

    I don't really see what the big dea lis. The Dolphins player was cheating by running out of bounds.
    Don't cheat, don't get punished. It's just like the jerks that try to pass you on the shoulder on the highway. I'll pull over so they can't get by.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaintn

      Love your rather idiotic train of thought. Talk about fuzzy logic.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • MJW

      It's not illegal to run out of bounds. If it was, the receiving team would just have to push the gunner OOB to neutralize him. The rule regarding being OOB is that that player cannot be the first one to touch the ball.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JARAD

    I'm not condoning his actions at all but, if a player runs out of bounds on a play he has to take some of the responsibility. a fine to the JETS is sufficient for me.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      A player has to take responsibility for someone intentionally initiating contact that is illegal even on the playing field? You're a complete idiot.

      December 13, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • saftgek

      A strength coach has no role in penalizing an opposing player, so I don't understand the comment about the player running out of bounds. The last time I looked, each football game has a group of people – all dressed alike – with whistles – who are paid for penalizing players.

      ???

      December 13, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
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