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.


[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. aunt wewe

    I am over whelmed by the number of perfect people there is in our world. like some have said with all the criminals in sports who have only gotten a slap on the hand this guy is all most a saint

    December 13, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Marco

    Oh, and you're also going to have to do 3 rounds in the cage with Nolan Carroll before we can officially bring you back from suspension.

    December 13, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nick

    Obviously a Woody Hayes disciple.

    December 13, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. aces and eights

    I tripped the other day and spilled my beer.
    Is there someone I can sue. I have to go cry now!

    December 13, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JAMES


    December 13, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Damn straight! Gotta keep them silverbacks in their place!

      December 13, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MickeyMudTurtle

    Why would anyone with such a desirable job do such a thing to jeopardize it? Hmmm, he must not be very bright!

    December 13, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Shane G

    Suspended?? He needs to be fired. This would be like if I was working at Target and I didn't like one of my customers and I stuck my knee out to intentionally trip them. I guarantee you, I would be gone in a heartbeat. They would fire me so fast, and I would probably get sued by the customer.

    December 13, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      You work at Target?!

      December 13, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gman

    Blah, blah...JohnT and others reliving the glory days. Look man it's a game. Just a bunch of "men" talking trash about what they would have done. Its pretty clear some of you clowns never grew up. Tripping someone?...dude this is not 2nd grade. Break a rule, lose your weak ass job. Let's see where this clown is in a year. Let's see where you are in a year.

    December 13, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Equalize

    Suspended? This man could have ended the kids career. Something that maicious warrants termination. Why is the league going soft on this guy?

    December 13, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. big Al

    As a true Patriot Fan i expected a Play like that from the Jets!I think they put that Play in the book after We beat them like they Stole from US!

    December 13, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Stephen

    This is just too funny. I don't think they should punish him at all. It was the player's fault for going out of bounds, and so he paid the price for it.

    December 13, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. YourPantiesInnaWad

    Hang that Basturd. HeeHee, Grins and Giggles.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kierson

    A response to Me So Gary: NFL Head Strength and Conditioning Coaches can make up to $200,000 depending on the market the team is in. So, he may be making anywhere from $100,000-$150,00 a year...

    December 13, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. christophorm

    It's only fair that he run back the next kick off vs dolphins

    December 13, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pat

    He should've been fired, but the amount of money he'll lose is very substantial. And he'll have to live with the guilt and embarrassment of what he did for the rest of his life. People will always remember him as the moron coach who tripped the player. And worse, his own children will know what their dad did.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
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