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. Ur mom

    What does this have to do with Howard Sterns penis?

    December 13, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tim

    obvious blatant foul by the off-team needs treated seriously

    December 13, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JWP

    Typical new york pos, no manners or respect.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ilcapo

    Seriously if this guy makes 200k a year and has a pea brain to not know everything is on tape he deserves to get punished. He didn't deserve the job in the first place go back to being an intern ........ Testa Di catso!!!

    December 13, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ilcapo

    I love the idea of making him return the next kick against the Doplhins LOL now that would boost ratings for sure hahaha 🙂 finally someone has a logical solution

    December 13, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jason

    They're right when they say there's no place in the league for this type of behavior. That's why he should be removed from the league. He's not even a has-been, he's a never-was trying to live out his NFL fantasies as a weight boy. He should go work at Bally's where he belongs.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. stevo25

    Wow, its football why so serious lol

    December 13, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jenn

    The Jets are a dirty team and that move was very low on his behalf. He knew what he was doing and should be fired for his actions. Just because his team was losing is no reason to react like he did. I'm a Giants fan and my fiance a Jets fan a true house divided but even he agrees it was a dirty move. Maybe they will find a better and more respectable coach to replace him.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Richard Allen

    goodbye NY Jets...hello pop warner league!

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

    New York LOSER

    December 13, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TJ

    It's not like he's got to come up with the money; the players will pass the hat, or Rex Ryan will cover the $25K fine for him.

    The real punishment would be for the NFL to transfer a meaningful draft pick from the Jets to the Dolphins next year, like a 4th or 5th round selection. That would get the attention of coaches around the league. Sure, it didn't result in a serious injury this time, but it could have.

    I couldn't believe there was no flag on the play for unsportsmanlike conduct on the bench...should've been a 15 yard penalty.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CNN Editor

    Thank you for taking part in an open forum and expressing your opinion, all of you.

    Unfortunantly we learn that few have to spoil it for the rest, and those few are:stevr, zeek, and jw.

    Especially zeek. Children are going to be tripped, and the offender is a 4 year old. Should you file a lawsuit? No. You should sit comfortably in your home happy that nothing actually happened to your young, soft-boned, chubby cheeked child. Of course you could always run the risk of looking like and idiot, which by all standards you managed to achieve.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LLoyd

    Anyone remember Dandy Don Meridith sticking his foot out from the sideline and tripping the opposing player ?

    December 13, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TradeGirl

    Maybe he wasn't trying to trip him, maybe he was just trying to clear his path!

    December 13, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Klecko

    People, it's a GAME... he did not go to a school yard and trip a 4th grader. Get over it everyone. Fire him, but geez everyone gets so worked up over this? Wow. Get a life! LOL.

    December 14, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
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