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. Brian

    So what. Why was the Miami player running down the sideline so far out of bounds? The Miami player was trying to play dirty. Maybe that will teach the Dolphins to play inbounds.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Without seeing the game or full replay...I'd say he was blocked out of bounds by looking at he position of the defenders. Perfectly legal and not "dirty" to re enter the field of play.

      December 13, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Jeff – I don't think the defenders even touched him when he ran out of bounds. It looks like he was using the out of bounds to run around the defenders. My understanding is that they are supposed to go directly back onto the field of play, not run 10 yards out of bounds and then come onto the field.

      December 13, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cowboysfan4life

    He should be fired, fined and not allowed to work for any other football teams, professional or collegiate. LOSER

    December 13, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Husker fan


      I think this guy would fit in very well on the Texas A&M coaching staff. The "head coach" and administration seem to condone dirty, creepy play as witnessed in the November Texas A&M vs Nebraska football game at College Station. An A&M tackle was caught on camera grabbing the testicles of a defensless Nebraska player who was under the pile after recovering a fumble. A&M gave no suspension, no fine, no respect for a fellow player. A&M would be a good fit for this coach!

      December 13, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steveo

    Probably shot JFK too!

    December 13, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Roger

    That action would not be tolerated in a wrrkplace. Fire him now. What are they waiting for.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Barry

    FIRE HIM! He's just trying to save his job now! Fine and suspend whoever told those four to cover the sidelines intentionally. JMO.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carole

    NO QUESTION HE HAS TO BE FIRED!!!! I'm with Barbara .

    December 13, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tomcat

    in a day where the refs and nfl are attempting to protect the players from helmet to helmet hits, late hits etc. now they have to keep an eye on coaches? this shows total lack of sportsmanship. this action could have resulted in a carreer ending injury for this rookie. the league should ban alosi from coaching at any leval, as we hold the players to be role models, coaches should be held to a higher degree as they are influencing our youth and teaching fundementals to the players. as Don Merrideth crooned alosi Turn out the lights, the partys over. good riddence, no amount of apologies will get you the forgivness you so desire.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SmokeyWaterz

    Fire the sorry sack of poo. He's not fit to coach or otherwise represent the New York Jets.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Da Professor

      Naw - He blends right in with the Jets Jets Jets

      December 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Killallthewhiteman

    Fire him. Then Nolan Carroll should sue his ass.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brady

      Dear killallwhiteman, YOU are the problem in this country. With thinking like that, plus your forum handle, it's no wonder nobody likes the USA anymore...

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

      @Brady....hate to tell you this but people hate America because of George W.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John Smyth

    Next will be an incident like the opening of "the Last Boy Scout".

    December 13, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SMOKN_72


    December 13, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fbysea

    I usually root for NY teams but really.... has he been hanging out with Sarah Palin?

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

    Maybe Denver could hire him? He would fit just fine

    December 13, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • cowboysfan4life

      He would fit better with the patriots since they are cheaters.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DolphinsFan

    Its football, not knitting. Things happen on the sideline, at the bottom of the pile, etc. You don;t like it, watch another sport.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brady

      Thank You!!! Finally a voice of reason on here!!!!

      December 13, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • loreebeeeeeeeeber

      Yup, things happen. And there are consequences. Fire his ass.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    No different than punching a player. He should be fired.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
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