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. richardsrussell

    Just to keep this in perspective, how many people like you and me could afford a fine of 25 grand? I'd be paying it off for years to come. But that's the size of financial whack it takes just to get the attention of somebody in the NFL.

    December 14, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Shawn

    What a game for wimps. There should be no fouls or penalties; you should be able to kick, trip, or punch your way to the touch down.

    December 14, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rick Springfield

    Right out of a high school play book. It goes along with all the other tricks. Like at a swim meet, have you ever seen anyone bring a marine air horn?

    December 14, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. toploserman

    this gives the term knee jerk a new meaning

    December 14, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Glynne64

    He needs to have to give talks on what sportsman like conduct is...once he learns it. Sore looooooooser!

    December 14, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Frank

    I can't believe that he only gets a suspension and a fine. If this was a water boy he would have been fired, but as a coach he gets the perverbial slap on the wrist. This guy us supposed to be setting an example and is on national TV. I don't know what the NFL can do, but he needs to be punished to the most of their ability.

    December 14, 2010 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    Tripping is a personal foul. This coach should get penalized the equv. of 20 yards and loss of down. Our Young American Leage football coach was a lot meaner than this guy, and we all loved him. Of course we were just a bunch of 8th grade kids. What did we know.

    December 14, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. John

    Wasn't thinking, huh? He was thinking FAST is what he was doing. This is an example of
    thinking on your feet but doing a lousy job of it.

    December 14, 2010 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. sugar

    Marnie when did making an effort to trip someone become accidental? he MEANT to trip him up. A coach is supposed to lead a team to excellence not resort to low measures against the other team. And if purposely tripped a fellow employee or competetor I would be fired and so would most everyone who did so.

    December 14, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. tcaros

    He should be fired. His conduct was not in accordance with sportsmanship.

    The NFL needs to fire him. Also, the NFL needs to amend the rules to stop "icing" the kicker once the ball is set. That is unsportsmanlike conduct as well.

    December 14, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. tcaros

    He's he "strength and conditioning" coach. He's another steroid knot head. Probably wishes he could be playing and decided to interject himself into the action thinking he wouldn't get caught. Surprise, caught you sneaky bstard!

    He needs to be sent oh his way. No fine... just get out.

    December 14, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      "strength and conditioning coach" – does that mean he gets to knead all those beefy buns when they are hurting? Oh My!

      December 26, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ***dude***

    Wow – For a cnn blog, this is an amazingly focused discussion

    December 14, 2010 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. phil

    He killed Kenny. You bas/ards.

    December 14, 2010 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. hysteric

    Let the entire dolphins' defense kick his @##!

    December 14, 2010 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. gren blackall

    it will pass

    December 14, 2010 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
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