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. TheReceiver!

    this guy went to my highschool.....

    December 13, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff


      December 13, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerimiah

      LOL He's probably in the Year Book under:
      "Student most likely to trip an NFL football player."

      December 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lewy

    This guy should have been fired on the spot for cause.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff

    Guys like this are a dime a dozen. It is incidents such as these that give indication to a person's true character. A lot of GOOD people would like and appreciate his job...give it to one of the good people.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriots Fan

      No. It is the fact that he felt regret and apologized that shows his TRUE character.

      If he had planned and plotted this, and gone to great lengths to execute such a plan, then I'd agree with you. But when things happen "in the moment" or when someone "isn't thinking", these are not insights into someone's true character or motives–they are generally the product of everyone's innate imperfection.

      After all, if he HAD been thinking, he wouldn't have done it–no one would, because it's a boneheaded thing to do.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris in SD

      Bull crap PatriotsFan,

      He showed his TRUE character when he chose to trip Nolan. He apologized because he was caught, plain and simple.

      He's been suspended for the rest of the season and fined $25K. For someone in his line of work, that has to hurt, especially around Christmas. Hopefully the Jets will let him go after the season is done, which would be a much more fitting punishment.

      Sure, everyone makes mistakes, or does boneheaded things. Only time will tell if he's really learned his lesson.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Human As Well

      Patriots Fan is spot on. Perfectly said.

      December 13, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pat

    Rex Ryan should have fired this guy on the spot and sent him off the field. Carroll should file assault or reckless endangerment charges and consider a civil action. Whilst players are somewhat protected by NFL contract from criminal charges I am sure that doesn't include other staff and bystanders. If the NFL fines him , the amount should be relative to his salary and not the astronomical amount the players pay and the money should go to Carroll's preffered charity. Strength coaches are easy to find and the Jets should get a new one.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lola

    Sal Alosi should be fired – period. Sal Alosi is a fool and could have ended Nolan Carroll's career. If Sal Alosi would do something so stupid he just can't be trusted to make an accurate decision with Jets players.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. alex

    It's shameful that this guy wasn't fired immediately after the game – if not during! That he's still employed by the Jets organization even 24 hours later is outrageous. Fire him and hire a decent human being!

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

      Though I can certainly see firing him, the knee jerk reaction to do so would be no better than his knee jerk reaction to trip someone. I'm sure the Jets probably will fire him, but they'll get all their ducks in a row first.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. colleenarn

    You see we continue to allow this..... this was a coach a role model for our children, like all bad behavior it needs to be strongly dealt with. This coach should be fired. There is no stronger punishment and the message is loud and clear.

    December 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sha

    yall need too shut up the guy made a mistake anybody could have made dat mistake. go j.e.t.s jets, jets, jets

    December 13, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • loreebeeeeeeeeber

      No, only a low down classless piece of crap would do something like that.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Coswell

    Dirty dirty. If someone did this in a corporate setting ie. an office, they'd have their ass handed to them. Not that I'm defending the tyrannies that are corporations but that's a whole other topic.

    December 13, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. teepee

    It's Bush's fault

    December 13, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DirtyPool

    Players depend on coaches from the age they are old enough to get their arms around a ball no matter what sport. This sleeze does not know where or who he would be coaching due to trades or job switches. One thing for sure.....his BUCK has stopped. What a giant mistake. He could have ended this players career.

    December 13, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ralpher

    This is just another in a long series of incidents that the NFL really needs to address. You simply cannot have players, staff or coaches trying to impede the actions of players on the field. My guess is that the NFL will not take appropriate action in this case....which will merely stick another nail in their coffin. Pro sports are becoming mugging exercises and it needs to stop, now!

    December 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mabworld

    The things you do when "you weren't thinking" are the things that show your true character. He needs to be fired. He doesn't need to be crucified for his dumb actions, but he should lose his job. Sure, he's sorry. But whether he's just sorry for putting himself in this situation or if he's truly sorry for hurting a player, we don't know. And, if you don't fire a coach/trainer for this kind of behavior, then when DO you?

    December 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Greenspam

    And today, Republicans immediately offered Sal a job because Republicans could surely use another guy who knows how to play dirty.

    December 13, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jerimiah

    I honestly cannot believe this story. A coach no less. Absolutely inexcusable in my mind. This is not only a physical attack on another person, but is intentional cheating from a sportsman standpoint. To intentionally trip an opposing team's player in order to gain an advantage for your own team is cheating. Let alone, this is a coach who's not even supposed to be on the field. He's not even in the field of play!

    Not to mention, he's a coach. He's a leader. He's in charge. He's the role-model. It's HIS job to keep his players in line. Frankly, if I were the owner of the Jets, I'd fire this guy. If he somehow in a split second thinks it's okay to intentionally trip an opposing player, what might he support or tell his guys in the heat of passion during a stressful game? Poor moral choices of players can roll downhill from the top of the organization.

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

      He's a trainer, not the players coach. He's one step above the guy who teaches you how to do squats at the gym. Stop making mountains out of mole hills.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
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